Student representation in large university courses: a model of student partnership

Janise Farrell, Isabella Dillon Savage

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There is growing recognition of the value of programs of student representation and collaboration in strengthening student engagement. The Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University, Australia, implemented a program of course-based student representation. Initially, the program ran in four units. The initiative was evaluated through interviews with four unit convenors and eight student representatives. A thematic analysis was conducted to establish participant perceptions of the program’s efficacy. The insights gained assisted in the planning and implementation of the program across nine units during the following semester, at the end of which, students were surveyed on their views on the program. The benefits found, issues raised, and lessons learned over the two semesters are presented and discussed. The results provide valuable insights for other large faculties on how course-based student representation programs may be most effectively implemented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSuccess in higher education
Subtitle of host publicationtransitions to, within and from university
EditorsLeigh N. Wood, Yvonne A Breyer
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9789811027918
ISBN (Print)9789811027895
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • At-risk students
  • Student representation
  • Faculty-student interaction
  • Student engagement


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