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Public Lecture: Equity at the end of the student life cycle

Wednesday, 29 August 2018



Associate Professor Andrew Harvey is Director of the Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research (CHEEDR) at La Trobe University. Andrew has published widely in areas of higher education policy, including issues of access, retention, regionality, comparative international admissions frameworks, employability, and the experience of foster care students. In 2016 he led a national report on student equity and employability in higher education funded by the Department of Education and Training. Andrew recently co-edited a scholarly book on student equity, Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five years of A Fair Chance for All (Springer, 2016).


Equity at the end of the student life cycle: strategies for success, completions and graduate outcomes 

Quality Indicators of Teaching and Learning include graduate outcome data designed to drive enrolment decisions of prospective students. Performance-based funding has been introduced within the Indigenous Student Support Program, requiring universities to focus on success rates and student completions. The Australian Government is proposing to expand this model to mainstream funding, rewarding universities that record high completion rates and strong graduate outcomes.

There is a rising focus on the far end of the student lifecycle – completion, graduate employment, and postgraduate transitions. For universities, new trends and policies raise new institutional questions. How can attrition be prevented, and how can students labelled as ‘drop-outs’ be re-engaged and re-recruited? How might employability strategies support all students, including those who lack time, connections, or money to undertake work-integrated learning or extra-curricular activities? Which groups are at risk of poor outcomes, and what tailored strategies are required to support their employability and postgraduate prospects?

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion addressing these questions with reference to recently conducted research around retention, performance-based funding, employability, and postgraduate equity.

Date: Monday 5th November 2018
Time: 9:00 – 10:45am (AWST)
Venue: ECU Joondalup Campus, Building 32, Room 101 (morning tea provided)
Spanned sessions to Mount Lawley and Bunbury campus
Register: free registration via Eventbrite
Sponsored by ECUlture 2018: The Centre for Learning and Teaching, Edith Cowan University

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