Since 2010 the International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education has been publishing biannually with one issue linked to the International FYHE Conference. 2015 saw the launch of a new international conference known as STARS:
Students – who are they, what are their needs, what works for different cohorts, strategies for broader social inclusion and increasing participation in tertiary education, participation of first nation peoples
Transitions – pathways to tertiary education, transitions into (the first year experience) during (work integrated learning) and from tertiary education including graduate employability, and capstone experiences
Achievement – strategies promoting student achievement including curricular and co-curricular reform, employability, gamification and simulation enhanced learning
Retention – program, discipline, whole of institution, inter-institutional and sector collaborations designed to improve student retention, threshold skills and concepts
Success – student engagement, technology enhanced learning, understanding students expectations and realities, psychological wellbeing, application of learning analytics
This conference provides the opportunity to disseminate and discuss current research, good practice, emerging initiatives and leading edge ideas that are aimed at enhancing students’ tertiary learning experiences.
From August 2015 the Journal will continue to publish biannually with one issue from the STARS Conference and will broaden the focus from First-Year to a wider view of student engagement and success in tertiary education. To this affect the journal has been renamed Student Success: A journal exploring the experiences of students in tertiary education
All journal details (including publishing guidelines and processes and editorial procedures) will remain the same and the journal will continue to publish on an Open Access platform. The Journal Advisory Board will be expanded to include a broad mix of scholars dedicated to the student experience.
The new title will mirror the STARS ethos and dedicate itself to publishing content aligned to the continuing pursuit of enhanced student learning, success and retention in the tertiary sector.