Readiness to attend university is
an increasing concern to university stakeholders interested in student
retention, achievement and satisfaction. This paper outlines and discusses
the results of a broad-band survey administered to 6 cohorts within the
Education Faculty at one Australian university so as to gain a snapshot
of the readiness (or not) factor of its first year population. The initial
findings demonstrate that just prior to beginning their respective programs
of study the students displayed elevated levels of enthusiasm that is not
matched by levels of preparedness and knowledge about "doing" university.
However, a key finding in line with previous studies of first year students,
is that significant differences in individual histories and levels of engagement
with university life are discernible from one program cohort to another.
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