Students are higher education’s greatest assets, and supporting students through to successful completion of their courses and careers is of huge importance.
Drawing from over 10 years of research and best practice on student retention globally, HEA offer support services and tools to:
- Provide new insight into approaches to supporting students
- Review and develop curricula, student support mechanisms and staff to increase student engagement and retention
- Measure the impact of your activities and interventions
HEA framework for retention
HEA framework for student access, retention, attainment and progression is informed by more than 10 years of HEA-led and commissioned projects, scholarly research and practice. It provides a structure for your work to improve student retention: strategic planning, curriculum design, identifying professional development, informing research projects, and reviewing and evidencing activities to establish impact.
“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.
An HEA retention audit is an online survey tool that is easy and quick to deliver. It delivers analysis and a concise report detailing findings and recommended actions which:
- Provide essential insight to support student retention within your institution, identifying good practice, as well as gaps
- Provide evidence and support business cases and the design of interventions and activities to enhance student retention
Retention Collaborative Project
The Retention Collaborative Project brings England-based higher education providers together to identify common challenges and share learning and best practice. This programme involves networking and collaborative development with other institutions, auditing your current approach to student retention, and bespoke and targeted supported to enhance planning and development of your strategy and practice to support student retention.
Student retention information pack
The Higher Education Academy supports institutions and staff in ensuring that all students have the opportunity to achieve to the best of their abilities, and to develop the skills and knowledge to make a successful transition to further study, training or employment.
This new information pack comprises a range of resources, reports and presentations designed to inform and inspire anyone who is interested in, or needs to know about, this core priority in higher education.
Upcoming retention events
Debate key issues, share best practice, inspire change
We are committed to working with you to address your challenges and strategic priorities. Our events are designed so you can, explore these priorities, build on your existing knowledge, share your expertise, boost your professional networks, develop a range of practical solutions and stay ahead of the curve.