This conference provides the opportunity to disseminate and discuss current research, good practice, emerging initiatives and leading edge ideas that are aimed at enhancing students’ tertiary learning experiences.

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The STARS organising committee is looking to build the capacity for the STARS conference to provide an opportunity for communities of practice across the higher education sector to grow and flourish. For the 2017 conference, the previously known Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will be renamed as STARS Network Groups.

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The Call for Submissions for STARS 2017 is now open. This page contains all the information you will need to make your submission.


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Building on decades of research into student transitions and experiences and with robust evidence of the maturity of our contemporary thinking, approaches and strategies, Students,Transitions, Achievement, Retention & Success (STARS) is the next and logical frontier for our student-focused passion. First year should start with the end in clear student sight. Students make individual and multiple transitions over the course of their student lifecycles and learning journeys – in, through and out of higher education, between sectors and via diverse pathways. Increasingly, transition pedagogy is paving the way for intentionally designed capstone experiences, while our Australian colleagues are now researching the second year slump. I look forward to sharing this next exciting phase of our own learning journey with you in the continuing pursuit of enhanced student learning, success and retention.

Professor Sally Kift, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), James Cook University & ALTC Senior Fellow

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