Higher education research


Engaging College Communities: The impact of residential colleges in Australian higher education

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(AUSSE Briefings ; 4)


This briefing affirms that residential colleges make a significant contribution to higher education in Australia. Colleges have been part of university life in this country for over 150 years, with the first college being founded in 1856, just six years after the foundation of University of Sydney. Collegiate education is growing today. Colleges are strengthening their links with academic and professional communities. The Association of Heads of Australian University Colleges and Halls Inc (AHAUCHI) provides national leadership. Markwell (2007) has explored the contributions made by colleges to excellence and equity in Australian higher education. Recent educational redesigns hint that the renaissance of residential life underway in the USA and UK is taking shape in Australia. (AUSSE Research Briefing Volume 4)