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Foundations for change, confidence, and new opportunities: impacts of a university enabling program in north-west Tasmania


Crawford, N and Johns, S and Jarvis, L and Hawkins, C and Harris, M and McCormack, D, Foundations for change, confidence, and new opportunities: impacts of a university enabling program in north-west Tasmania, Handbook and Proceedings of the Inaugural Students Transitions Achievement Retention and Success (STARS) Conference, 1-4 July 2015, Melboune, Australia, pp. 1-10. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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University enabling programs develop students’ academic skills and understandings of the academic culture and environments, facilitating students’ transition into undergraduate courses. In addition to confirming these short-term benefits of enabling programs, this research explored the medium and longer-term impacts of the University of Tasmania’s University Preparation Program (UPP). Past cohorts of successful UPP students from 1996 to 2007, in north-west Tasmania, were targeted. The study used a mixed methods approach, with surveys (quantitative) and interviews (qualitative). The findings are described in terms of three inter-related layers: foundations for change, confidence, and new opportunities. Developing academic skills and an understanding of the new culture led to students developing confidence, which empowered them to undertake undergraduate studies; this step, in turn, flowed on to further new opportunities, such as employment and leadership roles. This study illustrates that enabling programs are a transition strategy with multiple benefits, especially for students from under-represented backgrounds.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:enabling program, preparation program, bridging course, transition to university, academic skills, confidence, transformation, leadership, regional education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Crawford, N (Dr Nicole Crawford)
UTAS Author:Johns, S (Dr Susan Johns)
UTAS Author:Jarvis, L (Ms Lynn Jarvis)
UTAS Author:Hawkins, C (Dr Cherie Hawkins)
UTAS Author:Harris, M (Mr Mike Harris)
UTAS Author:McCormack, D (Mr David McCormack)
ID Code:101771
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Centre for University Pathways and Partnerships
Deposited On:2015-07-07
Last Modified:2017-12-05
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