Closing gaps in Indigenous undergraduate higher education outcomes: repositioning the role of student support services to improve retention and completion rates

Nakata, Martin, Nakata, Vicky, Day, Andrew, and Peachey, Michael (2018) Closing gaps in Indigenous undergraduate higher education outcomes: repositioning the role of student support services to improve retention and completion rates. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. (In Press)

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Abstract

The current change agenda to improve the persistently lower rates of access, participation and outcomes of Indigenous Australians in higher education is a broad one that attempts to address the complex range of contributing factors. A proposition in this paper is that the broad and longer-term focus runs the risk of distracting from the detailed considerations needed to improve support provisions for enrolled students in the immediate term. To bring more attention to this area of indicated change, we revisit ‘the gaps’ that exist between the performance of Indigenous and all other domestic students and the role that student support services have to play in improving retention and completion rates of enrolled Indigenous students. We outline some principles that can guide strategies for change in Indigenous undergraduate student support practices in Australian universities to respond to individual student needs in more effective and timely ways. These are illustrated using examples from the redevelopment of services provided by an Indigenous Education centre in a Go8 university, along with data gathered from our ARC study into Indigenous academic persistence in formal learning across three Australian universities.

Item ID: 53689
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1326-0111
Keywords: Indigenous Australians; higher education; student support; student services; professional development
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC IN120100021
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2018 01:56
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
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