QUT’s Student Success Program (SSP) has been recognised at the QUT 2012 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. The Program took out a team award (Mixed – Professional and Academic) at the July 19 ceremony which recognises exceptional and sustained performance in the following areas: Research, Learning and teaching, Partnerships and engagement, Client focus, Innovative and creative practice and Leadership. The SSP team (represented by Karen Nelson [Good Practice Project leader], Joanna Bennett, Carole Quinn, Wayne Duxbury, Julia Humphreys and Bruce Tills) was nominated for Learning and teaching, Partnerships and engagement, Innovative and creative practice and Leadership.
The SSP is a University-wide student engagement and retention initiative that focuses on the early identification of students who may be at-risk of disengaging from their studies or university. The Program provides proactive purposeful advice and referrals to these students and is particularly focused on the experiences of students from under-represented social groups and those students for whom completion of a university course presents more challenges.
QUT and the SSP are active participants in the Good Practice project and this institutional award recognises the prolonged impact the program has made across the institution, and importantly, on the educational outcomes of the students it has contacted. Tracy Creagh