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ERIC Number: ED479493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 22
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Equity Indicators: Measures of Socio-Economic Status at Victoria University.
Sinclair, Genevieve; Doughney, James; Palermo, Josephine
After a review of relevant literature on socioeconomic status (SES) and the ways in which is used for higher education institutional research and policy, a detailed data analysis of Victoria University (VU), Australia student data was undertaken. Between 10,000 and 15,000 domestic student addresses were geocoded to Australian Bureau of Statistics collection district level. A survey of individual students reenrolling in 2001 that included Western Department of Employment, Training, and Youth Affairs (DETYA), Australia parental occupation and education data (n=approximately 1,000) was also analyzed. The most important findings were: (1) the debate for practical reasons tends to focus on area versus individual measures, but SES is a richer and more complex subject and must be acknowledged as such; (2) it is apparent that VUs student catchment is on average of lower SES than the Melbourne average, using various area measures of SES, including the DETYA-Martin indicators; (3) there is only a very small difference between average area SES measures at the collection district and the postcode (postal area code) level. In practical terms this means that the postcode method is adequate, as well as being cheaper and more efficiently obtained, for analyses at an aggregated (or average) level; and (4) individual surveys of students do not prima facie add to the quality of aggregated institution level SES results delivered by area analyses. This again suggests that the postcode method is best for practical reasons. (Contains 1 chart, 10 tables, and 55 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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