chapter  11
Promoting Student Retention Using Support Strategies Prior to Entry
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The pre-entry period has been identified as a critical stage in preparing students for their higher education experience. Significant problems exist where students accept places on programmes taught by distance learning and subsequently fail to engage with the programme. The time lag between students completing their pre-entry qualifications and a programme actually starting can be very short or relatively long. Consultation with students on the programme indicated that they had little knowledge of the details of the programme prior to entry other than it resulted in a professional qualification. A significant number of students left the programme early and approximately the same number took a leave of absence. The chapter highlights strongly the importance of providing prospective students with a greater amount of relevant information prior to entry to ensure realistic expectations of student life.