Addressing Equity and Inclusion in Regional Higher Education
Efforts to widen participation in the Australian higher education sector have resulted in increasing enrolments of students from a range of government-targeted equity groups: e.g. low socio-economic status, from regional and remote areas; from non-English speaking backgrounds; as well as students from indigenous backgrounds (National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education [NCSEHE], 2017). This paper presents the work of one regional Australian university to address inequality through increasing successful university participation for students from the above groups through its Preparing for Success Program.
The paper presents an overview of the PSP enabling program followed by an analysis of student performance in subsequent commencing undergraduate studies (here in terms of GPA, success rate and retention) and student feedback showing how these students are well equipped to succeed in their first year of studies and beyond. Co-authored by Dr Suzi Syme from Southern Cross University Australia.
Increasing enrolments of university students in Australia from government-targeted equity groups: e.g. low socio-economic status, from regional and remote areas; from non-English speaking backgrounds; as well as students from indigenous background.
A/Prof Thomas Roche
Director, English Language Programs College, Southern Cross University, Australia
After starting teaching with students in a Brisbane High School for recent migrants, I worked as a teacher and teacher-educator at universities in Germany and Oman. My research interests are Applied Linguistics and Academic Literacies. I am a member of the national University English Centre Australia (UECA) committee.