Safeguarding Student Learning Engagement

Outcomes and Objectives

Activities designed to monitor student learning engagement must be founded on a philosophy of social justice and equity, particularly given the pressures on the sector for wider participation and improved retention of students from social groups currently under-represented in the Australasian higher education sector. To be consistent with these national imperatives requires constructive alignment between on the one hand policy and practice aimed at widening participation and on the other efforts aimed at increasing the retention of these same students.

The ultimate aim of this project is to lead the design and development of a suite of resources that will provide a shared foundation for good practice for monitoring student learning engagement (MSLE) in higher education. To ensure the “constructive alignment,” these resources need to be developed within the framework of principles of good practice in MSLE and based on a good practice guide for the design and implementation of institutional MSLE policy and practice.

The objectives of this project then have been to:

  • design and develop a set of guiding principles for MSLE, which will support institutional leader implementation strategy by describing and explaining examples of good practice and making available a set of resources to support learning and teaching policy and practice for monitoring student engagement.
  • design and develop a Good Practice Guide for MSLE that reflect the expertise of personnel in existing good practice programs

The key outcomes of the project have been:


  • An annotated bibliography of relevant literature related to: perspectives of social justice; descriptive examples of the application of social justice to higher education and; national and international discussions about social justice and equity in higher education
  • A full review and synthesis of the literature on social justice and higher education

A Good Practice Guide for Safeguarding Student Learning Engagement:

Good Practice Guide

A Good Practice Guide that reflects the expertise of personnel in existing good practice programs; and is based on the guiding principles. The Guide describes and explains examples of good practice and makes available a set of resources to support learning and teaching policy and practice for initiatives that seek to monitor student learning engagement. The Guide contains:

  • A set of social justice principles to guide institutional leaders and implementation strategies for monitoring student learning engagement activities.
  •  A social justice framework inclusive of the principles. This social justice framework is expressed as a set of inter-connected and codependent principles that are designed to safeguard the people and processes involved in monitoring of student learning engagement (MSLE).
  • A comprehensive examination of each principle inclusive of implications for MSLE Programs and challenges and examples of good practice;
  • A series of eight case studies of each of the participating institution’s MSLE activities
  • A summary of the good practice examples as they relate to the principles
  • A summary of artefacts that have been made available by the participating institutions for the Good Practice Guide

A Good Practice website – Safeguarding Student Learning Engagement <>

A project repository containing project information and the resources developed for the sector around safeguarding student learning engagement.


A total of eight institutions with MSLE programs were involved in this project: Auckland University of Technology (FYE Program and START); Charles Sturt University (Student Success Team—SST); Curtin University (JumpSTART Program); Edith Cowan University (Connect for Success—C4S); QUT (Student Success Program—SSP); RMIT University (The Student Success Program); University of New England (Early Alert Program); University of South Australia (Enhancing Student Academic Potential– ESAP).

Final Report 2012