First regional workshop to strengthen student support at USP
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FALE staff and SLS and FYE coordinators with Dr Akanisi Kedrayate (seated middle, front row) during the the workshop.
Student support will be further strengthened at The University of the South Pacific (USP) this year following an inaugural regional workshop for Student Learning Support (SLS) specialists and First-Year Experience (FYE) coordinators.
Held at the Laucala Campus on 24-26 January, 2018, the workshop saw the attendance of SLS specialists at Laucala from eight (8) regional campuses and FYE coordinators which included Alafua Campus, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Tonga, Labasa and Lautoka Campuses.
In welcoming the participants, DrAkanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) mentioned that, USP has now appointed SLS coordinators in eight (8) campuses.
“This has been possible with the support and collaboration of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Coll, Vice President Giulio Paunga and FALE. The students are our main focus and with strengthening of student support at the regional campuses it will yield better results, retention and excellent graduates,” she explained.
Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching & Student Services noted that it is important that USP provides quality student learning support consistently across its campuses.
“This workshop provided an invaluable opportunity for SLS staff to share experiences and help each other and our students achieve their full potential,” he stated.
Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President, Regional Campuses and Estates & Infrastructure stated that “campuses with student support services should consider themselves fortunate as the services have strong positive impact in helping students adapt to university studies and improve academic performance”.
He also highlighted that his office will persevere to have SLS established in all the regional campuses.
At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to have a greater understanding about each other’s work and the respective issues and challenges they are faced with particularly with those serving at the regional campuses.
It is further anticipated that participants will learn from strategies and milestones achieved in the region to strengthen student support at USP. They will also be in a better position to guide students on ELSA and EL001 information.
With the theme, Strengthening Student Support at USP, participants discussed quality assurance issues, shared and strategised SLS work, prepared for WSCUC accreditation visit and were also trained for ELSA and EL001.
The nature of services provided at SLS centres was also discussed including challenges faced, strategies used to cope with them and milestones achieved.
Also discussed as a way forward was Strategising and Building Resources, including aligning teaching and learning resources to strategic plans, maximising the use of Open Education Reources(OERs) and developing Moodle pages and maximising its use.
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