The new higher education reality: what is an appropriate model to address the widening participation agenda?

Dawson, Phillip, Charman, Karen and Kilpatrick, Sue 2013, The new higher education reality: what is an appropriate model to address the widening participation agenda?, Higher education research and development, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 706-1721.

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Title The new higher education reality: what is an appropriate model to address the widening participation agenda?
Author(s) Dawson, Phillip
Charman, Karen
Kilpatrick, Sue
Journal name Higher education research and development
Volume number 32
Issue number 5
Start page 706
End page 1721
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0729-4360
1469-8366
Keyword(s) associate degree
diversity
participation
pathway
transition
Summary Along with the massification of higher education comes a need for new models to support the success of greater numbers of diverse students. A greater proportion of these students are ‘non-traditional’ in terms of preparedness, socioeconomic status  and geography. This paper introduces an Associate Degree model designed to support this new higher education reality of broader student cohorts, thin regional markets and cross-sectoral collaboration. Background literature on challenges facing the higher education sector and its prospective students is presented, with a particular focus on regionality. An argument is made for the role of curriculum and pedagogy as enablers of non-traditional student success. This is supported by the results of a mixed-methods exploratory study. This Associate Degree model was attractive to students and institutes. Students experienced similar levels of challenge, workload and progress to their traditional peers. While technology was essential for the success of the model, it played a supporting role to the relationships and multiple modes of learning it facilitated. This article provides insights for institutions seeking to address the broadening participation agenda.
Language eng
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio Economic Objective 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30053350

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