ERIC Number: EJ691314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Reference Count: 22
Investigating Ten Years of Equity Policy in Australian Higher Education
Coates, Hamish; Krause, Kerri-Lee
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v27 n1 p35-46 Mar 2005
This paper reports issues arising from a longitudinal study of 1991 to 2002 Australian higher education equity data. The national equity framework uses an empirical performance indicator system to monitor access, participation, success and retention of six designated equity groups. The paper examines three possible approaches for defining new groups. It finds no support for an exploratory empirical approach, or for an approach based on definitions of multiple disadvantage, but supports an approach which takes account of secondary school attendance. A case is made for a more sophisticated and contextualised approach to national reporting, to increase the responsiveness and productivity of the policy framework. While the benefits of a national equity policy framework are acknowledged, the paper proposes possibilities for new approaches to monitoring and measuring disadvantage in higher education.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Attendance Patterns, Secondary School Students, Educational Policy, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Disadvantaged, Access to Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia