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ERIC Number: EJ1169170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0818-8068
Alternative Pathways into University: Are Tertiary Preparation Programs a Viable Option?
Chesters, Jenny; Rutter, Kerry; Nelson, Karen; Watson, Louis
Australian Universities' Review, v60 n1 p35-44 2018
During the past three decades, the student populations of Australian universities have become more heterogeneous as the higher education sector expanded and new alternative entry pathways were established. Broadening access to university study and, therefore, to professional and semi-professional occupations, provides avenues for social mobility. In this paper, we examine whether students entering university via alternative entry pathways, and in particular, on-campus tertiary preparation programs, have similar levels of achievement and attainment as students who entered via the more traditional pathway after completing Year 12. Our analysis is conducted on data from one regional university and our results show that students who were not eligible to enrol on the basis of their secondary school results were no more likely than traditional students to discontinue their studies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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