Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 7, No. 3 (2010)

Student success at university: Using early profiling and interventions to support learning

Ken Purnell, CQUniversity AUSTRALIA
Roslyn McCarthy, CQUniversity AUSTRALIA
Mary McLeod, CQUniversity AUSTRALIA


Effectively supporting students at university in their studies to achieve success is critical to the students, the university and society. Two innovative support processes have been trailed at CQUniversity to further improve student learning experiences. The first identifies students likely to be ‘at risk’ of failing through their responses to the Student Readiness Questionnaire, completed at the time of their enrolment. The second enhances interventions by staff through targeted support of first year students. The findings suggest that early identification of students considered ‘at risk’ prior to starting their university studies is only useful where that is followed up.

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