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A guide to resources of interest to teachers of first year units at the University of New England, Australia.
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Retention - holistic approaches that address students’ personal, social and academic engagement in the early weeks of first year are required to facilitate retention and reduce attrition rates.


Research articles

Durkin, K., & Main, A. (2002). Discipline-Based Study Skills Support for First-Year Undergraduate Students. Active Learning in Higher Education, 3(1), 24-39. doi: 10.1177/1469787402003001003

Huntly, H. E., & Donovan, J. (2009). Developing academic persistence in first year tertiary students: A case study. Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 6(1), 1-14.

Krause, K. L. (2005). Serious thoughts about dropping out in first year: Trends, patterns and implications for higher education. Studies in Learning, Evaluation and Development. 2(3), pp.55-68.

Lawrence, J. (2005). Reconceptualising attrition and retention: integrating theoretical, research and student perspectives, Studies in Learning, Evaluation and Development. 2(3), pp.16-33.

Menzies, Victoria Jane & Nelson, Karen J. (2012). Enhancing student success and retention : an institution-wide strategy for peer programs. In 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference : New Horizons, 26-29 June 2012, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane, QLD.

Nelson, K., Duncan, M., & Clarke, J. (2009). Student success: The identification and support of first year university students at risk of attrition. Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 6(1), 1-15.

Nelson, Karen J., Clarke, John A., & Kift, Sally M. (2009). A holistic approach to the support and engagement of first year students : a retention strategy. In The 4th Annual European First Year Experience Conference, 13-15 May 2009, University of Groningen/University Medical Center, Groningen. (Unpublished Powerpoint).

Ogude, N.A., Kilfoil, W., & du Plessis, G. (2012). An institutional model for improving student retention and success at the University of Pretoria. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 3(1), 21-34.

Tinto, V. (2009). Taking Student Retention Seriously: Rethinking the First Year of University. In FYE Curriculum Design Symposium 2009, Brisbane. Retrieved from

Werth, S., Southey, K., & Lynch, B. (2009). Catching them is one thing, keeping them is something else: Reflections on teaching first year university students. Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 6(1), 30-37.


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