Identifying positive success factors and addressing the factors that impede academic success for minority students in higher education, is a priority for most countries that are experiencing rapid population diversity. This qualitative study explored the experiences of first-year Pacific students at a New Zealand university, and undertook a comparative analysis of factors from two groups of students; one that successfully passed 50% of their first-year papers compared with those students who did not pass at least 50% of their academic papers.

Students who succeeded in the first year of study used Pacific-centric student support services, had family members who had been to University before, and had different study habits, learning strategies and expectations from their peers who struggled to achieve. This study identified important aspects of the first-year transition for Pacific students, upon which tertiary institutions can have some impact. As first-year academic success predicts University completion, this study recommends further effort in first year transition interventions to address the social and academic adaptations that Pacific students need to make in order to be successful at University study. © 2018, Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association. All rights reserved.


Creator | Kaihanga
'Alapasita Teu and Tasileta Teevale
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
Creative Commons Licence
Attribution CC BY
Keywords | Kupu
Education Success
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
I represent the publisher or owner organisation of this resource
This Research has
been peer reviewed by academics at a university
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

Teevale, T, & Teu, A. (2018). What enabled and disabled first-year Pacific student achievement at University? Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association, (26)1, 15-27.

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