Communications & Media

PASS marks its 10th anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the University’s PASS program. To celebrate this milestone, Student Retention and Success hosted a formal cocktail party held at the University Staff Club.  

The cocktail party was attended by staff and students, including current and former PASS Leaders and mentors, current and past program staff, academic staff who have had PASS supporting their units, and staff from across the University who have championed and supported the program.

Guests heard from two speakers: Associate Professor Jacques van der Meer, an international peer learning scholar from the University of Otago, and Dr Elizabeth Murray, an alumnus and previous PASS leader and mentor who shared the significant impact that her PASS role had on her life and career.

The cocktail party also saw the launch of the A Decade of PASS at UTAS anniversary report which places the program within the broader student learning and engagement contexts and highlights the growth and impact of PASS over the 10 years since its inception.

Some of those highlights include:

·       PASS has supported nearly 80,000 students in 93 units across all the main campuses and all faculties and Institutes;

·       Student engagement in PASS averaged just over 30%, within the range 28-35%;

·       Students who regularly attend PASS achieve, on average, 8+ marks (/100) higher in PASS-supported units than students who do not attend;

·       Overall retention rates of students who completed PASS units is higher for students who attend PASS (~85%) compared to non-attendees (76%), and highest (90%) for students who regularly attend PASS (10+ sessions/semester);

·       Consistent recognition in the national and international peer learning community, including 27 PASS leaders being shortlisted for national peer leader awards and 12 winning awards since they were introduced in 2008 (second only to the National Centre for PASS in Australasia).

Published on: 18 Sep 2017 11:58am