PASS applications for 2017 now open

Published: Tuesday 14th June 2016

Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) provides free, voluntary small-group study sessions which are facilitated by students who have done the course previously to help students succeed in challenging subjects.

PASS is attached to first year; core unit subjects that are perceived by students as technically or conceptually difficult and that have traditionally high failure rates and high enrolment numbers.

Subject specific courses supported by a PASS unit have shown the following trends;

  • Improve student grades
  • Assist students in successfully transitioning into tertiary study
  • Assist students in developing independent and transferable study skills
  • Assist students in developing graduate employability skills
  • Reduce attrition rates

ACU Academic Excellence Scholarships and Faculty Prizes in 2016 were awarded to a high number of PASS Leaders.

The PASS Program attracts high achieving students in a leadership capacity and the effect of collaborating and facilitating learning with their peers also has an impact on the performance of the PASS Leader. PASS Coordinator Karen Grech was recently awarded a scholarship for her efforts.

Apply for PASS to be attached to your unit

In order to have PASS attached to your unit(s), the PASS Unit Application Form must be submitted to your Head of School and Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching (ADLT) for approval.

We would prefer a national application for each PASS unit, so please begin discussions with your national colleagues if you would like to have PASS attached to your units again in 2017 (or apply for extra units).

PASS Unit Application Forms for 2017 need to be received by the Student Retention Coordinator, no later than COB on the Wednesday 29 June 2016.

Therefore, you will need to communicate with your HOS regarding your individual school submission date (which will be prior to this).

We hope that you have a positive experience of PASS in your Unit and welcome any feedback you would like to provide and look forward to working with you to facilitate this successful program in 2017.