This synthesis of the literature in the Widening Access, Studend Retention and Success (WASRS) archive explores the factors known to be associated with improved student retention and success. It examines the evidence to show whether and how these factors are successfully addressed by pre-entry interventions.
This literature synthesis is one of six commissioned by the Higher Education Academy. They bring together the central themes in the research and practice legacy of the Aimhigher, Lifelong learning, Action on Access, and What Works? programmes.
The syntheses draw on the literature in the WASRS archive, on a number of publications produced by the HEFCE and on some external sources.