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FYE Conference reports (23/9/11)

21 CSU staff attended the Pacific Rim First Year Experience Conference in Fremantle in June 2011, 11 of whom received $1000 sponsorships to attend from the Transition project.

Conference reports

Introducing Academic Support (3/5/11)

The CSU University Strategy 2011-2015 and the associated Student Experience Plan has emphasised the need for appropriate structures and leadership to enhance the student experience.

To address one aspect of the student experience, an Academic Support area has been created reporting to the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, through the newly created Dean of Studies position.

Academic Support includes some functions from the former Division of Student Services including Learning Skills, Careers and Enabling (STUDY LINK), together with the activities of the Transition Project including the Student Success Team, Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), Student Transition and Retention (STAR), and aspiration raising programs for school students (ASPIRE and PICSE).

Should you have any queries relating to the new structure or any of the programs or initiatives included in Academic Support, please don't hesitate to contact Liz Smith or any of the Academic Support staff.

Learning Skills website http://www.csu.edu.au/division/studserv/my-studies/learning/home

Studylink website http://csu.edu.au/student/studylink

Careers website http://csu.edu.au/division/studserv/my-studies/careers

Successful Conference sponsorship applications announced (4/4/11)

Congratulations to the following staff who have been successful in gaining sponsorship from the Transition project to attend the Pacific Rim First Year Experience Conference in Fremantle.

Shelley Munro - Faculty of Science
Krishna Lambert - Faculty of Science
Anthony Chan - Faculty of Business
Yann Guisard - Faculty of Science
Peter Anderson - Faculty of Science
John Harper - Faculty of Science
Damien Lodge - Faculty of Education
James Mairata - Faculty of Arts
Itu Taito - Faculty of Arts
Paola Castillo - Faculty of Arts
Paul Worsfold - Division of Student Services
Naomi Stuart - Faculty of Business

In order to broadly disseminate the information from the conference, each staff member will write and present a report to their respective Faculties and Divisions on their return. These reports will be made available on the Transition web site. Each participant will also present a paper or session at the following year's conference.

Student Success Team starts work (24/1/11)

After a busy week of training last week, the Student Success Team started work in ernest today, beginning to call the thousands of students starting at CSU this year. In the hope of making the transition to University a little bit easier, the SST is already getting great feedback from students appreciating the early contact with CSU. Read more about the SST.

Successful STARs announced (1/2/11)

The newly formed STAR team gathered in Bathurst today to discuss the STAR Plan and how each faculty intends to better support LSES students. Read more about STAR.

Successful bid for ALTC funding into LSES project (7/12/10)

CSU is part of a successful ALTC grant titled: Effective teaching and support of students from low socio economic backgrounds: Resources for Australian higher education.

The research project will contribute to enhancing the learning and experiences of students from low socioeconomic status (LSES) in Australian higher education. The research will identify and document successful initiatives and create a new, easy-to-use and adaptable set of resources to assist institutions to effectively implement policies, programs and practices to facilitate the success of students from LSES backgrounds enrolled in higher education institutions in Australia. A key feature of this research project will be the development of a distinctive framework that embodies an Australian conception of inclusive teaching in higher education. The project will focus on effective approaches to teaching and supporting students who come to university with greater diversity in preparedness and in social and cultural capital. The findings will be applicable to a range of higher education contexts and to enhancing the experience of all students, irrespective of background.

The project team is: Professor Marcia Devlin (Deakin) University,  Associate Professor Judy Nagy (Deakin) University, Professor Sally Kift (QUT), Associate Professor Karen Nelson (QUT),
Ms Liz Smith (CSU).

Pathway program expands (25/11/10)

The successful Pathway program trialled in conjunction with Wodonga Institute of TAFE in 2010 has been expanded to 2 further campuses and TAFE Institutes for 2011. In addition to maintaining the Planning is now underway to offer the course in Bathurst, in conjunction with Western Institute of Tafe, and in Wagga in partnership with Riverina Institute. Read more about pathways.

Welcome to new Pre-entry programs manager (23/8/10)

The Transition Project welcomes Sue Rogan today who has joined the team as the Pre-entry Programs Manager.

Sue will be working primarily in the partnership and aspiration area of the Transition Project - specifically on the programs run in partnership with University of New South Wales (ASPIRE) and Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE).

Sue joins the Student Experience Team in Building C1 in Bathurst and can be reached on 86105 or srogan@csu.edu.au

New Pathways website launched (16/8/10)

One of the aims of the Transition project was to develop pathway programs and a consolidated guide to explain these programs to students.

The CSU Pathway program commenced in partnership with Wodonga Institute of TAFE in March this year and will expand to 2 additional centres (Western Institute in Bathurst) and Riverina Institute in Wagga) in 2011.

A guide to Pathways to CSU has been produced and a web site included on the new CSU homepage.

This information can be accessed at http://www.csu.edu.au/for/pathways

Positions Vacant (16/8/10)

The Transition project is currently recruiting a Team leader for the Student Success Team and a Science Education Officer. For more information refer to the CSU Jobs web site

FYE Conference reports (10/8/10)

16 CSU staff attended the Pacific Rim First Year Experience Conference in Adelaide in June 2010, 8 of whom received $1000 sponsorships to attend from the Transition project.FYE conference attendees

Conference reports

Successful Conference sponsorship applications announced

Congratulations to the following staff who have been successful in gaining sponsorship from the Transition project to attend the Pacific Rim First Year Experience Conference In Adelaide.

Lucy Webster - Faculty of Science
Lesley Stoneman - Faculty of Education
Graham Daniel - Faculty of Education
Richard Taffe - Faculty of Education
Zelma Bone - Faculty of Education
Bruce Gater - Faculty of Arts
Fiona Green - Faculty of Arts
Petina Love - Division of Student Services

In order to broadly disseminate the information from the conference, each staff member will write and present a report to their respective Faculties and Divisions on their return. These reports will be made available on the Transition web site. Each participant will also present a paper or session at the following year's conference.

Transition project offers sponsorship to attend Pacific Rim FYE Conference

Developing a critical mass of staff with expertise in the First Year Experience is a goal of the Transition Project. To help achieve this goal, in 2010 up to 10 sponsorships worth $1,000 each will be available for both academic and general staff to attend the Pacific Rim First Year Experience Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Adelaide from 27 June - 30 June, 2010.

Applications close 9th April, 2010