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RMIT

These institutional resources or artefacts illustrate the social justice framework and principles in action and show the inter-connected nature of the principles.

Members of the RMIT University project Working Group have kindly agreed to make these resources accessible via the project website.  The project team would particularly like to acknowledge the contributions of  Kitty Vivekananda and Andrew Brown in developing the case study and providing the artefacts.

Student Success Program School Contract (PDF 434KB)

Artefact type: Engagement with institution and staff

RMIT’s Student Success Program enters into ‘contracts’ with the various schools the Program is active in at a particular time. The contracts with schools state the outcomes that the intervention is designed to bring about providing clarity around expectations for both academic and professional staff supporting students.

The contract is typically aimed at the Course Coordinator (lecturer) and is negotiated face-to-face with the and then documented by the Student Success Program co-ordinator for circulation. Other professional staff key to the intervention are also included in the negotiations.

Alignment to the Social Justice Principles:

This resource illustrates both the equity and the rights principles.

 

Student Success Program – Script (PDF 263KB)

Artefact type:   Scripts/Emails

The development of scripts and emails to engage with students are based on the use of Lizzio’s (2006) ‘Five Senses of Success’. The model assists in framing questions to assess how well a student is transitioning and what their needs may be.   As noted in the RMIT case stud,y the five domains contributing to student’s capacity to engage and succeed in their learning:  sense of connectedness; sense of purpose; sense of capability; sense of resourcefulness; sense of academic culture.

Lizzio, A. (2006). Designing an orientation and transition strategy for commencing students. A conceptual summary of research and practice.  Griffith University: First Year Experience Project.  Retrieved from http://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/51875/Alfs-5-Senors-Paper-FYE-Project,-2006.pdf

Alignment to the Social Justice Principles:

This resource illustrates both the access and the participation principles.

 

Student Success Program – Communication Strategies (PDF 106KB)

Artefact type:  Training

Various communication strategies are employed to engage the student in a conversation with the support contact person – including the use of motivational interviewing techniques and articulating to the student what is required to be successful at university.

Alignment to the Social Justice Principles:

This resource illustrates both the access and the rights principles.

 

Student Success Program – Text Messages (PDF 100KB)

Artefact type: Scripts/emails

Text messages are used to keep in contact with students at key times during the academic calendar as well as alerting them to additional support activities.

Alignment to the Social Justice Principles:

This resource illustrates both the access and the rights principles.