Engaged outreach: using community engagement to facilitate access to higher education for people from low socio-economic backgrounds

Scull, Sue and Cuthill, Michael (2010) Engaged outreach: using community engagement to facilitate access to higher education for people from low socio-economic backgrounds. Higher Education Research and Development, 29 (1). pp. 59-74. ISSN 0729-4360

Abstract

Despite ongoing equity initiatives, there is still a clear discrepancy in regards to access to higher education for potential students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. This paper reports on an action research initiative that has developed a model of engaged outreach as an alternative approach to traditional university outreach. Engaged outreach uses the principles of higher education community engagement to develop stronger relationships between universities and their local communities for the purposes of increasing aspiration and access to higher education. The project was designed using a reflective, collaborative process with local Pacific Island immigrant communities living in an area of high social deprivation in southeast Queensland, Australia. Research progressed in three key stages, which together form the basis of the proposed model of engaged outreach. While it is acknowledged that the success of engaged outreach will depend on its implementation as a long-term strategy, preliminary results from this pilot project suggest that it demonstrates real potential to address this important but seemingly entrenched issue in Australian higher education.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2010 HERDSA. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 02:07
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2015 00:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: community engagement; equity; higher education access; outreach
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940116 Social Class and Inequalities
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940108 Distribution of Income and Wealth
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/07294360903421368
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22973

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