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ERIC Number: ED536207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Equity in Higher Education. Go8 Backgrounder 16
Group of Eight (NJ1)
The Government has placed a strong emphasis on social inclusion across all social policy settings. In higher education the focus has been on the participation of low SES students at the undergraduate level. This has been done within the context of a push for growth in the attainment of Bachelor level qualifications to improve overall productivity and social outcomes. The narrow focus of the equity policy has been successful in concentrating the efforts of universities on the low socio-economic status (SES) undergraduate cohort; however it poses some challenges for research intensive universities, particularly those that are seeking to shift their load profile to a greater proportion of postgraduate enrolments. The national equity agenda will be stronger when different universities can contribute according to their varying strengths rather than all having to contribute in the same way. The focus needs to be broadened to include other groups such as students with a disability, students who are first in their family to attend university, those with family responsibilities, and Indigenous students. The Go8 will work actively towards the low SES undergraduate student equity participation target outlined by the "Government in Transforming Australia's Higher Education System," however universities should be able to respond in ways which align with their stated missions. The broad national low SES target outlines a positive goal for the country but this is best achieved by universities determining how they can contribute to successful outcomes. Go8 approach to social inclusion is attached. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Group of Eight (Australia)
Identifiers - Location: Australia