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ERIC Number: EJ1099860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
A Value beyond Money? Assessing the Impact of Equity Scholarships: From Access to Success
Reed, Richard J.; Hurd, Brian
Studies in Higher Education, v41 n7 p1236-1250 2016
This article reflects on evidence drawn from an evaluation of the impact of a scholarship programme for students from disadvantaged backgrounds at Macquarie University, Sydney. In addition to evidence of improved retention rates, the article suggests that qualitative data derived from a number of interviews with scholarship recipients highlight the substantial contribution the programme has made towards a number of positive outcomes. The key themes of the narrative evidence--including resources, belonging, security, independence, motivation, engagement and confidence--collectively describe a broad, rich notion of student success that includes enhanced academic outcomes and elements of personal growth and development. The findings add weight to emergent arguments that financial support schemes need to be seen as more than tools for incentivising enrolment, and instead as key institutional or sectoral mechanisms for encouraging and supporting the "successful participation" of disadvantaged students in higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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