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Eyes on the future: the impact of a university campus experience day on students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds

Students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, rural areas, non-English speaking backgrounds and those who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education in Australia. The UC 4 Yourself experience day is an outreach program by the University of Canberra for schools identified as having substantial numbers of students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. It provides a full day of participation in, and gaining information about, university life. The current article reports on two survey studies (N = 525; N = 183) investigating the effectiveness of this program. Students who participated in the program were more likely to plan to attend university and were better able to imagine themselves as university students after their campus visit. Findings from the two studies suggest that the actual visit, despite its brevity, provides a unique experience by simultaneously establishing a knowledge base and facilitating the psychological transformation necessary to imagine a new future.

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Authors: Fleming, Michele J.; Grace, Diana M.
Date: 2015
Geographic subjects: Australian Capital Territory; Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Australian journal of education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Disadvantaged; Participation; Providers of education and training;

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1974-1976: the seeds of longevity in a pathway to tertiary participation at University of Newcastle, NSW

By the 1960s equality of opportunity was a dominant theme in social science research, and in keeping with this trend, the Whitlam Labor Government abolished university fees in 1974 to open university access, especially to talented women and men who otherwise would not contemplate a university career. In the same year also the University of Newcastle instituted a radical new plan to open up its doors to the wider community of 'non traditional students'. This paper explores the history of the enabling program that resulted, the Open Foundation Program, focusing on the 1974 pilot program and its first two years of full operation. Thought at the time likely to 'drain its market' within five years, the Open Foundation Program has flourished and grown for 40 years. The analysis focuses on hitherto unexplored aspects of the program and canvasses three key themes: curriculum and pedagogy, access and success, and support and retention, in order to understand the seeds of this longevity.

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Authors: May, Josephine; Bunn, Rosalie J.
Date: 2015
Geographic subjects: New South Wales; Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Australian journal of adult learning
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Participation; Students; Equity;

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Review of the Discipline of Engineering

The Review of the Discipline of Engineering was commissioned by the Tertiary Education Commission to review the current provision of professional engineering education and research in Australian engineering schools, and to report on future developments in engineering education in the light of industry and community requirements.

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Corporate authors: Australia. Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET)
Date: 1988
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Higher education; Providers of education and training; Teaching and learning;

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University education in Nigeria for global competitiveness, entrepreneurship development job creation and wealth generation: which role for the guidance counsellor?

Global competitiveness demands new ways of living, communicating and interacting. In the new world order [the] international system of stratification has come to be based not on 'who owns what' but on who knows what. Nigerian universities up to the 1970s produced graduates that could compete with graduates from other countries. Today, the story is different as university graduates cannot defend their degrees nor compete internationally. Many are considered half-baked and unemployable thus leading to large scale unemployment. Entrepreneurship education is being introduced in the universities as a means of finding a solution to the unemployment problem. In this regard the guidance counsellor has a number of roles to play. This paper maintains the stance that the counsellor liaising with university authorities, various occupational organization and small scale industrialists can counsel university students about entrepreneurial options (career guidance), invite successful entrepreneurs to talk to students about their businesses, use bibliotherapeutic techniques and field trips among others to create entrepreneurial spirit in the students.

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Authors: Akpochafo, Grace Omejevwe
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Africa; Nigeria
Journal title: Journal of education and practice
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Career development; Higher education; Providers of education and training

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Report of the Discipline Review of Computing Studies and Information Sciences Education, volume 2: the main report [Hudson report]

This volume examines the information gathered on the nature and extent of provision of education in computing studies and information sciences, on demand for professionals, and on employer needs. The report discusses the major issues emerging from the Review, and reports the responses to the terms of reference, findings and recommendations.

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Corporate authors: Australia. Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET)
Australia. Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce (DITC)
Information Industries Education and Training Foundation (Australia)
Date: 1992
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Higher education; Providers of education and training; Teaching and learning;

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Entrepreneurial education in Nigeria universities: a recipe for national development in the 21st century

This paper focused on entrepreneurship education in Nigerian universities as a recipe for national development in the 21st century. The sole aim of this paper was to highlight the place of entrepreneurial education in directing national development and possible challenges of entrepreneurial education. Entrepreneurial education was considered in this paper as the inculcation in the citizenry of appropriate skills, habits and competences necessary for self and paid employments. Inadequate funding [and labour] shortage, among others, were identified as the challenges of entrepreneurship education in Nigerian universities. It was recommended that apart from improving the funding policy of the government, the universities should strictly embrace and follow the entrepreneurship education policy of the federal government.

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Authors: Odiba, Isaac A.; Baba, Pauline Ann
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Africa; Nigeria
Journal title: Journal of education and practice
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Higher education; Skills and knowledge; Policy;

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University Enterprise Zones pilot evaluation: outline evaluation plan and baseline

The University Enterprise Zones (UEZs) are specific geographical areas that will increase interaction between universities and businesses. The Pilot scheme provides a £15 million capital fund between 2014 to 2017 for four pilot UEZs to encourage universities to strengthen their roles as strategic partners in local growth and stimulate development of incubator and/or grow on space for small businesses. This report presents the evaluation plan and baseline for the UEZs. This report includes recommendations on how to evaluate progress throughout the life of the funding programme. It also looks at four universities and suggests how they should be assessed once the project is running. The universities are: Bristol; Bradford; Liverpool; and Nottingham.

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Corporate authors: SQW (Firm)
Cambridge Econometrics (Firm)
Date: 2015
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Paper
Subjects: Evaluation; Providers of education and training; Industry;

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Peer mentoring during the transition to university: assessing the usage of a formal scheme within the UK

Although mentoring has become increasingly popular within [United Kingdom] UK higher education, there is little evaluative research. The current longitudinal study aimed to evaluate the usage of a peer mentoring scheme during a first semester at university amongst 124 students. Results indicate that during the first week at university the majority accessed the scheme but this then diminished by 10 weeks. There were strong positive correlations among contact, satisfaction and perceived mentor social support. Additionally, expectations of mentoring mediated the relationship between contact time and satisfaction. Correlations with student well-being and intention to withdraw, however, indicated that students reporting high levels of mentor support were worse off than those reporting less support. Students wanting more support from mentors were significantly lower on levels of integration and well-being. Findings suggest a potentially vulnerable group of students who access and use the mentoring scheme because of the problems they are experiencing.

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Authors: Collings, Rosalyn; Swanson, Vivien; Watkins, Ruth
Date: 2015
Geographic subjects: England; Scotland; Wales;
Journal title: Studies in higher education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Higher education; Participation; Teaching and learning;

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The economic impact of higher education on the Northern Ireland economy

This study provides an analysis of the economic impact of higher education institutions (HEIs) and their students on the Northern Ireland economy. It was commissioned by the Department for Employment and Learning. The report's primary aim was to assess the economic impact of Northern Ireland's HEIs as businesses and the higher education sector as an industry - in terms of the jobs, output and [gross value added] GVA generated.

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Authors: Kelly, Ursula; McNicoll, Iain; White, James
Date: 2015
Geographic subjects: Northern Ireland; Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Higher education; Economics; Providers of education and training;

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Female academics

This report focusses on the proportion of female academic staff in higher education institutions in Australia, with particular emphasis on senior female academic staff. The report discusses key trends in the employment of female academics from 1988 to 1992.

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Corporate authors: Australia. Department of Employment, Education and Training. Higher Education Division
Date: 1993
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia
Resource type: Report
Series name: DEET higher education series
Subjects: Higher education; Providers of education and training; Employment;

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