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Decreasing attrition while increasing diversity : connections and contradictions in transforming marginalisation in an Australian contemporary University

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Donald Bowser, Jeyaseelan Somasundaram, Patrick Danaher
This chapter uses the current focus on universities decreasing student attrition as a lens to explore the connections and contradictions faced by those same universities as they increase diversity and aspire to transform m arginalisation. The chapter draws on statistical data relating to Australian university students generally and to Central Queensland University (CQU) students specifically to illustrate some of the challenges and opportunities as universities seek to bring their own institutional strategies into alignment at the macro level with government socioeconomic policy and at the micro level with the individual goals and aspirations of students and other stakeholders.Findings presented in the chapter support the argument that CQU specifically and the Australian higher education sector more broadly have contributed to maximising the educational outcomes, and hence to transforming the marginalisation, of some minority groups, such as students from non-English speaking backgrounds and some residents of regional communities. On the other hand, relatively high attrition rates remain the norm for other groups, such as Indigenous students, those from isolated areas and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and for some groups not generally associated with minorities. For these groups, and for universities striving to increase their diversity by including such groups in their student cohorts, the groups’ marginalisation remains untransformed.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

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Editor

McConachie J; Harreveld B; Luck J; Nouwens F; Danaher PA

Start Page

220

End Page

243

Number of Pages

24

ISBN-10

1876682930

Publisher

Post Pressed

Place of Publication

Teneriffe, Qld.

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Division of Teaching and Learning Services; Office of the Registrar and Chief Compliance Officer; TBA Research Institute; University of Southern Queensland;

Era Eligible

Yes

Number of Chapters

12

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