Widening participation: challenges confronting a research-intensive university

Cuthill, Michael and Schmidt, Christopher (2011) Widening participation: challenges confronting a research-intensive university. Journal of Institutional Research, 16 (2). pp. 13-25.


This article explores the challenges confronting a research-intensive Australian university in responding to the 'widening participation' agenda outlined in the recent Review of Higher Education. The university argued that it is not possible to respond effectively to this agenda without having a clear understanding of the current status of relevant institutional strategy and practice. Research identified existing widening participation strategies and
programs relating to people from low socio-economic backgrounds and explored the challenges currently being faced by those with management and operational responsibilities in this area. Along with research results, a review of associated literature and national and overseas 'good practice' studies informed development of a Widening participation: Student success conceptual framework. This framework provides direction to the university in responding to the widening participation agenda.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 00:30
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 01:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: widening participation; Australia; research university; outreach; engagement
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22792

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