Like any university program PASS will require special attention during implementation. There are many things to consider when thinking about implementing a PASS program:
  • Timetabling and room availability
  • Staffing and recruitment
  • Materials and resources
  • Training - how much and what type is needed?
  • Class sizes and if the course is compulsory
  • Creating a positive culture around PASS - productive and fun vs. remedial and tedious
  • Administration costs - materials, staff time etc
  • Payment of PASS facilitators - For example in the School of Biology facilitators are paid at the ‘D2’ rate and there are two   -   facilitators per session (for up to 28 students).
The good news is that you won't have to make all of these decisions alone. There are a number of departments and resources available within Flinders University.  Here are a few that you may find useful whilst setting up a PASS program:

PASS Toolkit (PDF 610KB) - A detailed look at the benefits and implications involved in setting up the program, including troubleshooting solutions and advice for implementing a PASS program.

PASS facilitator handbook (PDF 530KB) - Aimed at facilitators it gets into the detail of running a PASS session including hints and tips from previous facilitators and activity suggestions.

Staff development and Training Unit — Can advise or be involved in training of PASS facilitators.

The Equal Opportunity Unit —Can advise on cultural inclusive practises

Student Learning Support Centre —Can advise or be involved in the development of PASS session content, particularly generic skills.

Transition to University Office can offer information on transition issues and the implementation of activities to combat transition.

The Co-ordinators of PASS in the School of Biology and Flinders University (and other schools as they develop their own programs) are happy to offer information on their own experiences and to aid in training sessions.

If you want to see how successful other programs have been  there is also a multitude of information available on the internet on peer assisted learning programs (PASS, PAL—peer assisted learned, and supplemental instruction).