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Success of At-Risk Students through Adaptive Interventions in First Year University Courses in Pacific Region

Kumar, Bijeta and Sharma, Bibhya N. (2015) Success of At-Risk Students through Adaptive Interventions in First Year University Courses in Pacific Region. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Improving the experiences of first year students of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment at the regional multi-campus University of the South Pacific is a complicated, challenging yet intriguing problem. The complexity of the problem is compounded by the fact that this regional university operated from 12 different countries isolated geographically in the Pacific Ocean. There are many issues the first year student’s face and adjustments they make as they step in to their new learning environment. This paper essays the need and impact of new intervention programmes for the different cohorts of first year students that fall into the at-risk student category. The paper also addresses the internal and external factors that place these cohorts at risk for academic failure and the creative measures churned to bring back on track the derailed students. Effective interventions and adaptive works require the collaborative efforts of students, teachers, scholarship officers and faculty champions in order to address the needs of at-risk students, hence curb and curtail the attrition rates and ultimately increase programme retention. The strengths and challenges of these adaptive interventions are highlighted with relevant observations, interpretations and recommendations.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE)
Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences
Depositing User: Bibhya Sharma
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 11:01
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2016 11:01
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/9263
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