Transition and Retention at Western
The University has made great strides in providing a coherent institution-wide transition and retention strategy through the new Transition and Retention Plan for the University. A key element of the Plan is the Student Transition & Retention Success (STaRS) project and in particular the STaRS Coordinators embedded within all of the University's Schools.
Each School runs a number of transition and retention activities and the STaRS Coordinators support the implementation, monitoring and reporting of these and ensure information on University retention initiatives reaches the right people within Schools.
Community of Practice forums are held regularly for STaRS Coordinators and anyone else interested in transition and retention. These provide a great opportunity to 'compare notes', share best-practice, and discuss current transition and retention issues within the University and Sector. The next one is to be held during the week of the 23-27 October, 2017. Contact David Roach if you would like to attend.
The STaRS Research Program (opens in a new window) supports staff in disseminating their work as high quality research outputs and provides coordinated access to institutional data sets for research.
Involving all University staff in transition and retention and making it 'everyone's business' is important. The University's new professional development programs for new staff include an induction to our transition and retention strategy.
There is no doubt about the importance of the positive transition of students into university life, and the provision of appropriate support to ensure they succeed in their studies.
Looking to the future, Western is focusing on further embedding of transition and retention strategies within the curriculum, aligning with the University's strategic 21st Century Curriculum Project. If you would like to find out more about our retention work please come along to a STARs forum or get in touch with us.
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