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Understanding the Student Journey to Success – Engagement, Intervention and Retention Strategies Symposium Call for Posters

Call for posters

The Understanding the Student Journey to Success – Engagement, Intervention and Retention Strategies Symposium is a practitioner-led event covering the crucial formative stages of a University student's journey. The symposium is being held from 25–27 October 2022 at the Sofitel Pacific Resort Noosa. We invite the submission of posters against each of the four stages of the student journey to be showcased at a dedicated session on Wednesday 27 October.

In the context of the conference, a call for posters has been launched with the intention to highlight business processes, activities or initiatives that improve the student experience that universities consider best practise or exemplar for the sector.

Submissions are required to be submitted on or before Wednesday 31 August via email to SJS2022@usc.edu.au.

The Four Student Journey stages

The Organising Committee has divided the student journey into four distinct stages:

  • Offer and acceptance
  • Getting started and orientation activities
  • Week one through to census date
  • Student Success and retention through first year

Through their posters, delegates will have the opportunity to share their student experience initiatives, approach and outcomes with peers from other universities. Around 100 participants are expected to take part in the Symposium.

The posters will be exhibited for the duration of the conference and on the conference website. There will be a facilitated poster presentation session on Wednesday afternoon where presenters will stand next to their posters to answer questions from delegates.

We encourage you to print off some A4 copies/handouts of your poster and place them with your poster in an A4 sleeve for delegates to take.

Guidelines for submission of poster abstracts

The organising committee request a 100-word abstract and draft / mock-up of the poster for submission.

The 100-word abstract should outline the key aspects of the poster and include the following:

  • Poster title
  • Authors and University
  • Background information on project/approach
  • Methodology
  • Evidence of benefits/outcomes
  • We invite presentations against the following:
    • Offer and acceptance
    • Getting started and orientation activities
    • Week one through to census date
    • Student Success and retention through first year

The draft/mock-up of the actual poster to be displayed should contain the following aspects:

  • Poster title
  • Author(s) and University
  • A visual representation of your abstract

Submission size and requirements

  • Abstracts, 100 words in length, single-spaced.
  • Poster drafts must be submitted in PDF format.
  • Final posters must be no larger than A0 portrait format (118.9 cm x 84.1 cm)
  • Please use 20+ font for titles and 12-point font or larger for text, in a sans serif font (eg Arial, Calibri, Geneva, etc).
Evaluation criteria

An assessment panel will convene to evaluate each submitted poster. Successful posters will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The poster has generated results that positively contribute to the student experience with regard to retention and success.
  • Perceived relevance to delegates in the higher education settings.
  • Quality and clarity of presented information and findings.

There is no legal entitlement to participate in the conference and the poster exhibition can be derived from the submission of a poster/abstract in this call.

Submission deadlines

The deadline for submission of abstracts and poster drafts/mock-ups is Wednesday 31 August. Please submit your materials per email, using the subject "Call for posters to SJS2022@usc.edu.au"

Notification of Acceptance

Notifications of acceptance/rejection will be emailed to the submitting author by Monday 5 September.

Accepted presenters will be required to submit their final poster PDF by Friday 16 September to be published on the conference website and included in the conference program.

Printing of your approved poster will be done on your own behalf and brought to the Symposium.

For questions related to this call, please contact SJS2022@usc.edu.au.