Indigenous Australian students' participation rates in higher education: exploring the role of universities

Pechenkina, Ekaterina, Kowal, Emma and Paradies, Yin 2011, Indigenous Australian students' participation rates in higher education: exploring the role of universities, Australian journal of Indigenous education, vol. 40, pp. 59-68, doi: 10.1375/ajie.40.59.

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Title Indigenous Australian students' participation rates in higher education: exploring the role of universities
Author(s) Pechenkina, Ekaterina
Kowal, EmmaORCID iD for Kowal, Emma
Paradies, YinORCID iD for Paradies, Yin
Journal name Australian journal of Indigenous education
Volume number 40
Start page 59
End page 68
Total pages 10
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2011-01
ISSN 1326-0111
Keyword(s) Indigenous Australians
higher education
academic success
Summary Indigenous Australians are underrepresented and considerably disadvantaged within the Australian system of higher education. The various measures taken by Australian universities over the past decades have produced varying levels of success in increasing Indigenous participation and completion rates. In order to continue improving Indigenous Australian participation in higher education, it is important to understand the current patterns of participation and factors within universities that are associated with participation and success. In this article we analyse higher education student and staff statistics available from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and information sourced from the web sites of 40 Australian universities to examine correlations between various Indigenous student support mechanisms and Indigenous students' higher education participation rates. Our results indicate that there is a dual system of Indigenous higher education, with one group of universities excelling at attracting Indigenous students, and a different group of universities demonstrating high Indigenous student completion rates. We argue that challenges remain in determining how to increase commencements at universities with high Indigenous completion rates without compromising entrance requirements or further diluting the level of student support, and how to increase completion rates at universities with higher numbers of Indigenous students.
Language eng
DOI 10.1375/ajie.40.59
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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