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


Dawson, P and Charman, K and Kilpatrick, S, The new higher education reality: what is an appropriate model to address the widening participation agenda?, Higher Education Research & Development, 32, (5) pp. 706-721. ISSN 0729-4360 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/07294360.2013.776520


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:higher eduction, widening participation, regional universities, TAFE
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, S (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
ID Code:85282
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-06-25
Last Modified:2014-04-29

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