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Surviving First Year in Higher Education

Glenys Grob, School of Business Information Technology, RMIT

The attrition rate of first year students continues to present a problem for universities across the board. This paper highlights factors that frequently impact on the successful integration of students into tertiary life in the light of possible solutions that could better facilitate the process. The author discusses the development and refinement of a number of strategies designed to address the issue in an undergraduate degree offered by the School of Business Information Technology, RMIT. In particular, it describes revisions made to the monitoring of student progress over the past five years. Other initiatives such as student targets and lifeline tutorials have been introduced during that time and can also be said to have contributed to a lower attrition rate of first year students. The author outlines each of these and then concludes with a description of a number of new initiatives tabled for implementation during the year.

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