EXPECT TO ACHIEVE SAST: Fostering student engagement through supporting academic development Julie Blackwell-Young Sarah Parkes
SAST: Fostering student engagement through supporting academic development >The HEA/HEFCE model of student engagement (see Thomas and Ceredigion-Ball, 2011, p 14) >Development of the SAST system and how this fits into the model >Findings of a student SAST evaluation survey and the impact of SAST on the student experience.
Replaced the previous Academic Support Tutor system within SHS • Comprises of five academic colleagues • H7 from 9-4pm for drop-ins or appointments plus email, mobile and landline telephone • Advise and support academic and personal issues including but not limited too: • Personal Development Planning • Presence at various committees • Mitigating circumstances, Programme Assessment Boards, Academic Standards Student Services , Pastoral and Welfare Group, Student Support Group. • Academic progress and regulations • extensions; Individual Learning Plan’s; Reasonable Adjustment Plan’s; transfers; suspension; withdrawal • Supporting and liaising with staff in their support of students • ILP referrals • Advocacy Senior Academic Support Tutors
Student Engagement to Improve Student Retention and Success (Thomas and Ceredigion Ball, 2011)
SAST operating within the ‘Student Engagement to Improve Student Retention and Success’ model
SAST Survey 2011 Respondents: 20% response rate 81% full time student 92% honours degree
Where now? Qualitative study into ‘The impact of the SAST scheme on students experience of higher education; their progression and success.’ Analysis of institutional data re mitigation, ILP, fail and withdrawal decisions, appeals and student progression
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