Presentation on theme: "Developing a student support and retention strategy for Part Time learners in the context of a conventional University."— Presentation transcript:
Developing a student support and retention strategy for Part Time learners in the context of a conventional University
Speakers Dr Darryl Bibby – Dean, School of Lifelong Learning Colin Black – Operations Manager, School of Lifelong Learning Dr Judy Rumbelow – Associate Dean, School of Lifelong Learning
What do you Know About Part Time Students? How many Part Time UG students are currently studying in the HE sector in the UK? What proportion of the overall UG student population studies Part Time in the UK? What proportion of UG Part Time students is over 25? What is the gender split of UG Part Time students? What proportion of UG Part Time students are sponsored by their employers?
What do you Know About Part Time Students? How many Part Time UG students are currently studying in the HE sector in the UK? 581,760 individuals, 226,886 FTE 1 What proportion of the overall UG student population studies Part Time in the UK? 34% 2 What proportion of UG Part Time students is over 25? 75% 2 What is the gender split of UG Part Time students? 64.6% female – 35.4% male 2 What proportion of UG Part Time students are sponsored by their employers? 11% 2 Source:1) Students in Higher Education Institutions 2003/04 2) Universities UK Research into Part Time Learning
Aim of the Session To consider the differences in strategy, systems and procedures for supporting part-time students within the School of Lifelong Learning and the rest of Coventry University
Overview An outline of Part Time learning as delivered through the School of Lifelong Learning – 15 minutes –Curriculum –Student Support –Operations and Finance Discussion session – 10 minutes Part Time learning in a Full Time context – 10 minutes –Curriculum –University strategy –University systems Discussion session – 20 minutes
Curriculum Short Fat Modules Work Related Curriculum Dual Accreditation Case Studies/Experience Pre-requisites Delivery at Work Interface Between VQ and HE
Student Support Induction Sessional Tutors Personal Tutors Allocated Administrators Flexible Hours and Delivery Patterns Application, Enrolment and Invoicing
Discussion Topic To what extent does your organisation provide tailored curriculum, support and services for Part Time mature students? What impact does this have on the retention of such students?
Part Time students in a Full Time context What is Part Time? Relationship with Full Time students Different approaches in different Faculties Variety of support systems Access to University systems
Curriculum Dominance of Full Time curriculum Timetable v Learning Coherence of Part Time offer Quality processes
University Strategy Not accounting for Part Time activity in University curriculum related strategies (teaching and learning, assessment, e-learning, widening participation, third stream funding) Resource allocation models; academic staff contracts and commitments beyond teaching hrs Fees Scholarships and bursaries Staffing full time v sessional staff
University Systems Generating Enquiries Marketing, web site Communicating with potential students Handling enquiries Student tracking Relationship management
Discussion Topic A customised system for Part Time students in a conventional University offers support tailored to their needs. However, it also creates difficulties working within a system designed for the majority of Full Time students. Can this tension be resolved? Suggestions please!?