Higher education research

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Completion rate, Higher education, University students, Disadvantaged, At risk persons, Educational equity (Finance), Equal education, Student attrition, Aboriginal students, Indigenous populations, Low income groups, Socioeconomic status, Rural students, Withdrawal (Education), Statistics


Access to university has always been an issue for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In the recent context of an expanding higher education system in Australia, some accessibility issues have been alleviated. This context offers an opportunity to explore the pathways of disadvantaged students through university. In this expanded system, will disadvantaged students be more or less likely to complete university? Will demographic or enrolment characteristics influence the likelihood of these students to complete? This report details the findings from a research project funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) that explores new data tracking student cohorts through the higher education system, alongside national engagement and experience survey data to investigate these questions.

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Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)