What works? Student retention and success change programme: Phase 2

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 full report and a summary version was launched on 11 April 2017 and is now available.

Phase 2 builds on Phase 1 of What works? programme and focuses on implementing and evaluating its findings.

Specifically Phase 2 of the What works? programme aims to:

  • identify strengths, challenges and priorities for change at the strategic and course/programme level
  • improve the strategic approach to the engagement, belonging, retention and success of students
  • implement or enhance specific interventions in the areas of induction, active learning and co-curricular activities in three selected discipline areas
  • evaluate the impact of changes in both formative and summative ways, drawing on naturally occurring institutional data, bespoke student surveys and qualitative methods, such as phone or face-to-face interviews with staff and students

Participating institutions

The programme attracted interest from a wide range of organisations, as the selected participants reflect. At the outset of the programme, participating institutions produced vision statements on how they hoped to enhance student retention and success at their institution. The 13 participating Universities and links to their statements are seen below. 

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