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Building a stronger evidence base to support effective outreach strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: Increasing impact and university participation
This Equity Fellowship focused on outreach programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and examines “what works” and what could be improved in these programs. Most universities are running outreach initiatives for Indigenous high school students. The study identified the need for improved post-camp engagement with students, as well as cultural aspects and Indigenous perspectives in the curriculum.
Investigating the relevance of mental health for the current equity groups framework: An analysis of multi-agency linked-administrative data
This NCSEHE-funded study identified the critical importance of pre-existing poor mental health as a predictor of student attrition during the first year of university.
Building the evidence to improve completion rates for Indigenous students
This NCSEHE-funded research shows, while the number of Indigenous students participating in higher education continues to grow, Indigenous student completion rates remain very low relative to non-Indigenous students.
Video resources on aspects of evaluation for university outreach practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
An informative collection of videos has been produced to support university outreach practitioners in evaluating programs for Indigenous students. The videos will also be useful for anyone who has an interest in evaluation of student equity initiatives in higher education more generally.
Introducing the 'Indigenous Success: Doing it, Thinking it, Being it' podcast series
The Indigenous Success: Doing it, Thinking it, Being it podcast series is designed for university outreach practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. It is also for anyone who has an interest in student equity and success in higher education.
Data Insights at DESE seminar: Improving the evidence about "what works" for effective outreach strategies for Indigenous students
NCSEHE Equity Fellow Dr Katelyn Barney was invited to deliver a seminar as part of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) Data Insights at DESE series.
“A Stepping Stone That Just Pushed Me Further Into Wanting to Go to University”: Student Perspectives on ‘What Works’ for Effective Outreach Strategies for Indigenous Students
Drawing on findings from interviews with Indigenous university students as part of a NCSEHE Equity Fellowship, this paper identifies what works and what areas to strengthen in Indigenous specific outreach programs. The paper concludes by discussing the development of strategies and resources to build the evidence base of effective outreach activities for Indigenous students.
Understanding access to higher education amongst humanitarian migrants in Australia
Report recommends Australian higher education policy and practice recognise refugees and people seeking asylum as a distinct equity group, to address unique areas of disadvantage and disproportionately poor outcomes. The research found targeted support would particularly benefit humanitarian migrants with limited English-language skills and educational experiences.
Beyond graduation: Long-term socioeconomic outcomes amongst equity students
Research found tertiary institutions and other organisations could do more to give university graduates an equal start in the job market. Drawing on 15 years of data, the study found higher education could overcome social inequity in time, but outcomes for Indigenous graduates and those with disabilities often lagged.
Community gets you through: Success factors contributing to the retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students
This paper explores success factors contributing to the retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students. Interviews with Indigenous HDR graduates are analysed to explore inhibiting and success factors to completing an HDR. To address Indigenous student retention and success in higher education, finding out what contributes to successful HDR completions for Indigenous students across diverse disciplines is critical.