• The First Year Experience in Australian Universities: Findings from Two Decades, 1994-2014

    The Melbourne CSHE released a report (March 2015) on the first year experience of students in Australian universities over two decades, from 1994 to 2014. The report found that,

     … among others, first year students in 2014 were generally more positive in their outlook and better prepared for the transition to university than students in previous studies. However, they were less socially engaged in the university community and preferred to keep to themselves.

    Baik, C., Naylor, R., & Arkoudis, S.  (2015).  The First Year Experience in Australian Universities: Findings from Two Decades, 1994-2014.  Melbourne CSHE

  • Save the date! (July 2015)

    The FYHE Centre is pleased to support and promote the following upcoming events:

    2015 STARS Conference – Registrations Open -  submissions now closed

    Melbourne, Australia, 1-4 July, 2015

    This conference provides the opportunity to disseminate and discuss current research, good practice, emerging initiatives and leading edge ideas that are aimed at enhancing students’ tertiary learning experiences. Discussion on a wide variety of subjects is encouraged and focuses on the following topics:

    Students – who are they, what are their needs, what works for different cohorts, strategies for broader social inclusion and increasing participation in tertiary education, participation of first nation peoples
    Transitions – pathways to tertiary education, transitions into (the first year experience) during (work integrated learning) and from tertiary education including graduate employability, and capstone experiences
    Achievement – strategies promoting student achievement including curricular and co-curricular reform, employability, gamification and simulation enhanced learning
    Retention – program, discipline, whole of institution, inter-institutional and sector collaborations designed to improve student retention, threshold skills and concepts
    Success – student engagement, technology enhanced learning, understanding students expectations and realities, psychological wellbeing, application of learning analytics

    Full details at http://unistars.org/

    Registration now open: http://unistars.org/registration/ 

    2015 HERDSA Conference

    Melbourne, Australia, 6-9 July, 2015

    Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Learning for life and work in a complex world

    Full details at http://herdsa2015.org/

  • Breaking the Barriers: Forum on supporting and engaging first-in-family university learners and their families

    Registrations are now being accepted for a one-day Forum entitled: Breaking the Barriers: Forum on supporting and engaging first-in-family university learners and their families. The Forum will present findings from a research project funded by an Office of Learning and Teaching grant; a collaborative study between the University of Wollongong (lead), Open Universities Australia and the University of Newcastle. The Forum is a free event to be held on 12th February 2015 from 9am – 3pm at University of Wollongong, NSW.

    This is both an information sharing event and an opportunity to network and discuss with colleagues about how best to support this particular student cohort. This one-day Forum will include presentations on first in family students who are studying in online and face to face modes as well as insights into the specifics of students studying at an enabling, pre-degree and also undergraduate level.

    If you wish to learn more about the event or register for attendance, please visit https://firstinfamilyforumuow.eventbrite.com.au or email Project Manager Dr Janine Delahunty or Project Lead Dr Sarah O’ Shea


  • Welcome

    Welcome to the First Year in Higher Education (FYHE) virtual centre for researchers and practitioners.

    This site brings together the International First Year in Higher Education Conference and TheInternational Journal of the First Year in Higher Education and a suite of FYHE resources. It provides access to an extensive collection of materials under the Transitions Pedagogy banner and access to other research projects and deliverables, reusable resources and communities of practice all of which are focused on enhancing the experiences of students during their first year in higher education.

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