Alternative Pathways into University: Are tertiary preparation programs a viable option?

Chesters, Jenny and Rutter, Kerry and Nelson, Karen and Watson, Louise (2018) Alternative Pathways into University: Are tertiary preparation programs a viable option? Australian Universities' Review, 60 (1). pp. 35-44. ISSN 0818-8068


During the past three decades, the student populations of Australian universities have become more heterogeneous as the higher education sector expanded and new alternative entry pathways were established. Broadening access to university study and, therefore, to professional and semi-professional occupations, provides avenues for social mobility. In this paper, we examine whether students entering university via alternative entry pathways, and in particular, on-campus tertiary preparation programs, have similar levels of achievement and attainment as students who entered via the more traditional pathway after completing Year 12. Our analysis is conducted on data from one regional university and our results show that students who were not eligible to enrol on the basis of their secondary school results were no more likely than traditional students to discontinue their studies.

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Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2022 04:39
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2022 06:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; alternative entry; retention
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390402 Education assessment and evaluation
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education

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