Implementing and evaluating the Pasifika Success Toolkit with Canterbury Tertiary Organisations
About the project
Building on an earlier Ako Aotearoa Regional Hub Project Fund project, Change Strategies to Enhance Pasifika Student Success at Canterbury Tertiary Institutions (2015) this collaborative project is focused on the implementation and monitoring of a Pasifika Success Toolkit in the collaborating institutions.
The Toolkit targets Pasifika student success by focusing on improved indicators for the reporting of student success and shared good practices of how to support Pasifika students effectively. We will implement the toolkit at the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and Ara Institute of Canterbury in 2016 and 2017. The Toolkit includes:
- a definition of Pasifika success
- a set of Pasifika Success Indicators (PSI) e.g. fostering cultural pride, Pasifika languages, a sense of belongingness and demonstrating Pasifika cultural values
- exemplars of good practice around Pasifika Success e.g. innovative course delivery or using the PSI to evaluate student retention initiatives
- a cultural model that can be utilised in professional development sessions around cultural responsiveness.
Primarily the project aims to:
- further our understanding of the links between Pasifika definitions of success and initiatives in place to enhance Pasifika Success;
- evaluate whether the Toolkit makes a difference to Pacific student experiences and outcomes; and
- through sharing good practice, encourage the use of the Toolkit in new contexts across the participating institutions and the tertiary sector.
Design / Methodology
The project will be managed over five phases:
- Planning and initiation
- Toolkit implementation
- Qualitative and quantitative analysis
- Refining and sharing.
- Pasifika toolkit is utilised, maintained, developed and regularly evaluated for effectiveness
- PSI are being monitored in tandem with educational performance indicators for improved Pasifika success overall
- Pasifika pedagogies and epistemologies are valued and visible within a greater range of areas in teaching, learning and research
- Staff at the three institutions have increased understanding and confidence in engaging more effectively with Pasifika students
- Pasifika students have an increased sense of belonging
- Institutional environments reflect more culturally responsive services and spaces for Pasifika students
- Pasifika recruitment, retention and completion rates have improved.
- We have engaged a 0.5 FTE Pasifika Success Leader to lead the implementation phase across UC, Ara and Lincoln.
- The project Reference Group has met.
- The ethics application has been approved
- The Project’s website is near launch
- The Working Group is meeting on a regular basis.
- Implementation fono have been completed at University of Canterbury, Ara Institute of Canterbury and Lincoln University.
- The working group has developed the first draft of the resources, which is currently being refined based on feedback and discussions from the fono.
- Liz Keneti, University of Canterbury
- Pauline Luafutu-Simpson (Project Contact Leader), University of Canterbury
- Sam Uta’i, Ara Institute of Canterbury
- Ashalyna Noa, University of Canterbury.
- Professor Janinka Greenwood, University of Canterbury
- Professor Steven Ratuva, University of Canterbury
- Dr Elena Moltchanova, University of Canterbury
- Margaret Leonard, Ara Institute of Canterbury
- Fatuaiga Dr Lorraine Petelo, Lincoln University
Ako Aotearoa $50,000 (excl. GST)
Fundee $52,720 (excl. GST)
Project commenced: Late 2015
Expected project completion: Early 2018
Pacific Development Team. (Definition of ‘success’ through Pasifika student perspectives). (2017, March 30). What does success mean to you? Pasifika student voices. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfUE4X0GeI8&feature=youtu.be
Gardner, E. Academic Services Group. (2016). Survey summary: Pasifika Success Fono. Presentation at the University of Canterbury Pasifika Success Fono.
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