Understanding and Improving First-Year University Student Experiences

By Jyothi Thalluri and Sharron King.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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It has been shown that the first-year of university study can be the most critical in a student’s academic life with consequential impact on future student learning, engagement, and success (McInnis, 2001; Pitkethly & Prosser, 2001). Some studies have directly linked adverse social, health and financial circumstances to increased student drop-out, negative experiences and failure during the first year of study (Armour, 1999, Devlin, 2002, Kreber, 2003). This paper describes a research project which was conducted in order to understand and improve first-year student experiences within the Bachelor of Medical Radiation, and the Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery courses (internal and external) at a leading Australian University. The research investigates first-year student needs and expectations of the university experience, particularly for employed students with family responsibilities. The project was undertaken in three phases: phase one involving early focus groups and semi-structured in-depth interviews to investigate the expectations of university life for these students; phase two involving a questionnaire to compare expectations with actual experiences; and, phase three involving further focus groups and in-depth interviews to explore the experiences of students’ university experience and issues impacting their study after one year. The paper outlines the project’s main findings, with a particular focus on a preliminary analysis of data from students within the external nursing program.

Keywords: First Year Experience, Student Expectations, Satisfaction Gap, Nursing

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.67-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.815MB).

Dr. Jyothi Thalluri

Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia

I am a senior lecturer teaching Human Anatomy and physiology/pathophysiology to health sciences students at the University of South Australia.

Dr. Sharron King

Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Lecturer in Human Anatomy and Physiology to allied health students at the University of South Australia.

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