Looks at the context for evaluation; the challenges faced; evaluation approaches; evaluation planning; effective research questions; kinds of evidence; use of data; some implications from the recent HEFCE National Outcomes Framework; and suggests a number of reflective questions.
Examines college access and WP approach responding to the strategies and guidance laid down by HEFCE/OFFA outlines and give context to questions that colleges are asking themselves when developing outreach to enable them to reflect on and develop their strategies for effective collaborative outreach
College challenges: effective practice, reflective questions to develop thinking&effective action, contextual information of issues, e.g. poor course choice/low students confidence in ability/lack of preparation for independent learning/lack of knowledge of pastoral&academic support/identityfinances
Focus on impacts and measures re. access/widening participation in College HE. Contextualises six key indicators of national measures developed to identify by proxy students who are disadvantaged/under-represented in HE. Clarifies what they measure and how they can be useful. Action on Access/AoC.
Report, overview, description of the main emerging themes in the first year phase 2 of the “What works?”Student Retention and Success programme. It will be on interest to colleagues in institutions planning/implementing change to improve student engagement, belonging, retention and success
A pre-Retention Convention briefing with advance information from the final event of the What Works? programme; a conference which encompasses retention work from across the sector not just the programme. The convention will provide ideas, tools and enthusiasm for retention and success in HE.
The briefing describes the ways in which institutions are aligning equality with widening participation and discusses how there could be greater alignment between these two related but separate agendas. It offers a set of reflective questions for HEIs to explore creating a greater alignment.
This briefing embraces a broad notion of what constitutes student success encompassing: transition into HE; retention, progression and completion within the target award; comparative achievement within HE; and successful progression. It offers a set of reflective questions for HEIs.
This topic briefing is intended to provide an overview of how institutions are engaging with adults and explores the implications and approaches institutions might consider to assist them with further development in this area. It offers a set of reflective questions to help HEIs engage with adults.
Overview of a conceptual model illustrated with examples and demonstrating how the conceptual framework can be used to aid understanding of practice and develop it further by focusing on institutional transformations to enhance student engagement therefore to improve student retention and success.
This topic briefing provides an overview from the 2009 Widening Participation Strategic Assessments of how institutions are providing flexible learning opportunities; and the contribution of different types of flexible learning to widen access and improve success for under-represented groups.
This topic briefing provides an overview of how institutions are targeting their widening participation activities and the targeting guidance available to assist them.It offers a set of reflective questions for HEIs to explore how the success of their targeting may be explored and improved.
This topic briefing provides an overview of what is meant by ‘mainstreaming widening participation and equality’ across the student lifecycle and across the institution.It offers reflective questions for HEIs to explore how mainstreaming strategies and activities may be explored and improved.
Updates and interim project reports at the end of the second year, and analysis and review of the emrging commonalities and indications of the emerging conceptual model. Links to HEA research publications.
The emerging findings from the 7 funded projects with top tips to improve student retention and success from the project teams, answering the question of What Works? and based on their evidence to date. Report on Retention Convention March 2010.
A review of the key issues for the projects – methods used, evaluation, target groups and subject areas examined. Also key conceptual models on student persistence and retention developed in the USA with practical implications for institutions linked to developing UK theoretical frameworks.
In this second briefing we also provide you with emerging findings from the seven projects. Already they are generating insightful evidence, and tentative commonalities between the projects can be identified. For example
In this edition of the briefing we provide you with details of the seven projects which have been funded and provide an introduction to the Support and Co-ordination Team. To receive future briefings you need to become a member of the Retention Network.