The initial stage of the project involves project infrastructure development and set up, including ethics applications, agreements and protocols.
The first stage of the project consists of an analysis of existing national and institutional data to identify trends and unique features of the regional student experience. Kahu’s (2013) model of student engagement will be used as a conceptual and analytical tool to identify relationships among the student engagement factors and the student experience. Trends in the data about the unique and common features of the student experience at regional universities will emerge from this analysis, and inform subsequent stages.
The second stage of the project will consist of a series of exploratory case studies for each of the participating institutions, with themes and topics for exploration drawn from Stage 1.
In the third stage, cross-case analysis will enable the project team to identify the combination of factors that contribute to the student experience in two or more cases, to compare cases, and to identify relationships and themes, commonalities and differences among the various cases. Unique, innovative and creative institutional practices identified in individual or multiple institutions will be highlighted.
In the fourth stage, deliverables from the preceding stages will be consolidated and made available as a suite of easy-access, reusable resources.