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Student retention and success in higher education

Key projects, resources and ways you can connect with student retention

‘Retention’ is about students remaining in one HE institution and completing a programme of study. ‘Success’ recognises that students benefit from HE study in a wide range of ways, including personal development and progression into work and career or further learning.

We work in close partnership with institutions and sector bodies to enhance the student learning experience to improve retention and success.

Framework for Student Access, Retention, Attainment and Progression

Student access, retention, attainment and progression define the foundations for student success. They each depend on fostering a sense of belonging and actively engaging students with their programme and the wider institution, enabling students to thrive throughout their higher education. 

The framework is designed for all staff with a remit to support students to achieve their potential. Consideration of the impact of policies, practices and support services from the student perspective, institution-wide collaboration and the engagement of students as partners are key to student success.

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Has your school, faculty or institution identified this as a key strategic priority?

Advance HE, through its four step process can help you to:

  • Identify areas of strength and areas for improvement
  • Deliver solutions-based change aimed at tackling your issues
  • Review the success of any initiatives against KPIs and global frameworks.
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