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Addressing policy imperatives to improve access of under-represented groups to university education: a collaborative project between a university and secondary schools.

Slater, Gloria

Abstract:
This paper reports on a long-term collaborative project in New Zealand between a university and low decile schools, to improve access to university participation of under represented groups. In the first phase, high school students from these groups who showed ‘potential’ for university study, but with little family history of such participation, were encouraged to remain at school through a system of awards and other strategies that also raised their awareness and expectations of future higher education. In the second phase, students were first introduced to university life and later, building especially on lessons learnt from those early years, were supported in their study. As the innovation developed, mistakes were made and lessons learnt which, because of the ‘piecemeal’ nature of the change process undertaken, could be addressed as the project unfolded.

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Document Title: Addressing policy imperatives to improve access of under-represented groups to university education: a collaborative project between a university and secondary schools.
Institution: Massey University
City and Country: Palmerston North, New Zealand


Date:2011
Document Type:Paper (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Country:New Zealand
Keywords:Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, Rention, Student Diversity, Cultural Capital,, Innovation


File Size:86 KB
Date Added:21 September 2011


Addressing policy imperatives to improve access of under-represented groups to university education: a collaborative project between a university and secondary schools.