Exceptional student support opens doors

Published 24 August 2015
Tanya and Hazel caught up with Natalie, a VC Scholar, at the TRACKS pre-orientation session

Tanya and Hazel caught up with Natalie, a VC Scholar, at the TRACKS pre-orientation session

As illustrated by our consistent high student satisfaction ratings, the University of New England, Armidale goes the extra mile to support students in their studies.

One program that deserves special mention when talking student support is the TRACKS Peer Support Program.

The Tertiary Preparation Program (TRACKS) is an enabling course which prepares Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students for university study and supports informed choice when applying for a UNE undergraduate course.

The Peer Support program was established to create strong relationships between TRACKS students and high-achieving Vice-Chancellor’s Scholars who act as mentors to the TRACKS tertiary preparation students, offering personal and academic support.

Mature-age student and mother of two, Tanya Keenan enrolled in TRACKS in 2013 and successfully completed the course in 2014.

With the program’s peer support and encouragement from her mentor, VC’s Scholar student Natalie Beard, Ms Keenan has now enrolled at UNE and is on her way to complete the first year of a Bachelor of Arts degree.

“I am the first in my family to study at university and participating in TRACKS empowered me to enrol in the Arts degree,” Ms Keenan said.

“This program has influenced not just myself, but encouraged my family to go to university too. I am very proud to say that my son is following in my footsteps and has also enrolled in a degree.”

Ms Keenan’s experience highlights UNE’s long tradition of continuous improvement when it comes to inclusiveness, teaching and learning.

To find out more about the TRACKS program please contact Ms Kate Carter at Oorala on 6773 3164 or check out http://www.une.edu.au/oorala/