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Title: Early departure from a tertiary bridging program: What can the institution do?
Contributor(s): Whannell, Robert  (author)orcid ; Whannell, Patricia  (author); Bedford, Tasman (author)
Publication Date: 2013-07
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: This study examined the early departure of students between the ages of 18 and 25 years from an on-campus tertiary bridging program at a regional university. Participants comprised 20 students who had dropped out of the program within the first four weeks of study. Data were collected by semi-structured interviews, which examined the student experience and the reasons for departure. It was concluded that participants comprised two general groups: those who have no clearly defined long-term career goal prompting their attendance at university with an associated low level of commitment to university study, and those who were committed to completing a university degree, but for whom a change in circumstances prevented them from continuing. Participants indicated that attendance in the bridging program was a generally positive experience and that there was little that could have been done to prevent their departure. It was concluded that a certain level of early departure was inevitable in the tertiary bridging program. Where intervention was attempted, it should be addressed towards the development of long-term employment and career goals for which university study was an essential prerequisite.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 1st Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand Conference 2012 (FABENZ 2012)
Conference Details: Early departure from a tertiary bridging program: what can the institution do?, Auckland, New Zealand, 3-4 Dec 2012
Publisher: Ako Aotearoa: The National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence
Place of Publication: Wellington, New Zealand
Field of Research (FOR): 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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