The HEA has ran a number of key projects relating to student retention. These include:
The What works? Student retention and success change programme is about identifying and implementing whole-institutional approaches to improving student retention and success. Following a successful first phase the Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded the HEA and Action on Access to develop, deliver and evaluate Phase 2 of the programme from 2012-15. The final What works? programme conference was held in London on 11 April 2016.
In the UK, the HEA is currently coordinating the London Retention Project aimed at achieving a deeper understanding of the retention issues in the London context and providing support and networking opportunities to address common challenges.
HEA framework for retention
Our coordination of the What works? Student retention and success programme (in partnership with Action on Access and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and HEFCE), together with 10+ years of other scholarly research and practice have shaped our approach to student retention and informed our framework for student access, retention, attainment and progression.
Our framework for student access, retention, attainment and progression in HE is an integral part of the HEA frameWORKS series. Developed with the sector for the sector, the series covers key thematic priorities that impact upon the quality of teaching and learning in HE. HEA frameWORKS provide a shared point of reference and common language to shape and review policy, process and practice in order to enhance student success.
“The Higher Education Academy frameworks are evidence-based and provide the higher education sector with a national reference point to enable the institution to develop its own approach according to local circumstances as well as benchmarking performance.” Universities UK (2016), p.73, Working in partnership: enabling social mobility.
Key HEA Research
- What works? Student retention and success change programme (2017)
- Embedding mental wellbeing in the curriculum: maximising success in higher education (2017)
- HEA review of research literature: Access, retention, attainment and progression (2017)
- Tackling transition in STEM disciplines (2015)
- Changing patterns in vocational entry qualifications, student support and outcomes in undergraduate degree programmes (2015)
- Bridging the gap between student expectation and experience: the lived experience of transition to higher education (2014)
- Undergraduate retention and attainment across the disciplines (2014)
- Developing an inclusive culture in higher education: final report (2013)
- Building student engagement and belonging in higher education at a time of change: final report from What works? (2012)
- Black and minority ethnic student degree retention and attainment (2012)
Guidance and teaching resources
- HE outreach to widen participation: toolkits for practitioners
- Embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum: a model for learning and teaching practitioners
- Access, retention, attainment and progression tools
- Inclusive curriculum design in higher education
- Reflecting on threshold concepts: an introductory tool
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