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Student Success – submissions now open for next issue

Submissions are now being accepted for the Student Success Journal – Volume 9, Issue 1 – published February/March 2018

Student Success is a biannual, open access, peer-reviewed academic journal with one issue linked to the International  STARS Conference

This international journal provides the opportunity to disseminate current research and innovative good practice about students’ tertiary learning experiences, which are supported by evidence.  Researchers, tertiary and university teachers and educators and professional staff who are advancing student learning, success and retention are encouraged to submit.

The Journal themes align with the STARS ethos of Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success

The Journal’s editorial and peer review policy adheres to the ethos and best practice guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).   Authors publish free of charge; there are no processing or page fees.

The 2017 STARS Conference was held at the Stamford Grand in the beautiful beachside location of Glenelg, Adelaide, Australia July 2- 5.  Conference proceedings can be found at

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.

New issue – Student Success

The latest issue of Student Success can now be viewed at

This issue is dedicated to the 2017 STARS Conference held in Adelaide, Australia July 2-5 and as is customary, publishes the top research papers selected via a peer review process and the top Emerging Initiatives selected by the Conference Committee.

We are delighted to feature in this special  issue —Reflections on Student Persistence—prepared by Advisory Board member Professor Vincent Tinto, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University, USA.  Vincent is a long-time friend and supporter of STARS and its predecessor FYHE Conferences and Journal.   In his article, Vincent explores the case for motivation to be considered as a significant aspect of the tertiary student psyche by drawing on theoretical frameworks, research and practical experiences related to the issue.

Journal website:


Renewing first year curriculum

Renewing first year curriculum for social sciences and humanities in the context of discipline threshold standards

Good practice guidelines for the sector more

Journal re-launched to align with STARS Conference

The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education has been renamed Student Success  – more

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

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