Assisting transition through an Honours College program: an Australian perspective

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Title Assisting transition through an Honours College program: an Australian perspective
Author Fisher, Ron James; McPhail, Ruth Elizabeth; McConachie, Jeanne Alice
Publication Title First Year in Higher Education Conference 2009
Editor Karen Nelson
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher QUT Publishing
Abstract The authors present a study wherein 130 students enrolled in the first Australian Honours College successfully made the transition to first-year university studies. High achieving students are provided with a specialised program to ensure smooth transition to university. Student perceptions and performance are evaluated prior to commencement, at the end of first semester and at the end of the academic year enabling changes to be made formatively, with the final evaluation measuring individual student GPA against average GPA for the program of study. Using qualitative and quantitative data, the research finds that the Honours College program provides an effective means of transition to university for high performing students. The study finds that Honours College provides high achieving students with opportunities to excel. Also, that the formative evaluation and structure of Honours College provides a means of enabling successful transition to university studies.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.fyhe.qut.edu.au/
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners] for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
ISBN 978-1-74107-282-2
Conference name 12th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE2009)
Location Townsville, Australia
Date From 2009-06-29
Date To 2009-07-01
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/31875
Date Accessioned 2010-02-22
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Education
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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