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  1. Developing a student support and retention strategy for Part Time learners in the context of a conventional University

  2. 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

  3. 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?

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Curriculum • Short Fat Modules • Work Related Curriculum • Dual Accreditation • Case Studies/Experience • Pre-requisites • Delivery at Work • Interface Between VQ and HE

  8. Student Support • Induction • Sessional Tutors • Personal Tutors • Allocated Administrators • Flexible Hours and Delivery Patterns • Application, Enrolment and Invoicing

  9. Operations • Room Bookings • Facilities • Computer Access • Library • Assignment Handling • Offsite Delivery

  10. Finance • Contracts • Payments • Invoicing • Bad Debt

  11. 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?

  12. 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

  13. Curriculum • Dominance of Full Time curriculum • Timetable v Learning • Coherence of Part Time offer • Quality processes

  14. 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

  15. University Systems • Generating Enquiries • Marketing, web site • Communicating with potential students • Handling enquiries • Student tracking • Relationship management

  16. 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!?