A Culture of Success: Building Depth into Institution-Wide Approaches to First Year Transition.

The International First year in Higher Education Conference
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 16th International First Year in Higher Education Conference, 2013, pp. 1 - 10
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A deeply embedded culture of success facilitates students to effectively negotiate their higher education experiences, holding more promise for first year transition than initiatives that target transition alone. It is imperative that issues of first year transition are anchored in institution-wide approach, and not executed in a 'piecemeal' fashion around the various faculties of a university. This paper argues that breadth of approach (at an institutional level) must also foster and support depth (at a school or faculty level) for the transition experiences of students to be best supported. Following Tintos (2005, 2009) institutional conditions for student success, we developed a multi-level intervention, which aims to transform a school culture. It is the overarching ambition of success and engagement that ensures the result is greater than the sum of its parts, accomplishing significant outcomes for student learning and support in the Architecture School at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
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