Essay about Low Socio-Economic Status Students

1668 Words Jan 27th, 2013 7 Pages
Australian higher education establishments aim to enhance the learning experiences of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. The goal is to increase access to and participation of all groups in the community.

Tim Pitman (2012) argues that there has been the development of distinctive outline that embodies an Australian conception of inclusive teaching in higher education, as well as its approaches to teaching and supporting students who come to university through funding to a range of higher education contexts and to enhancing the experience of all students, irrespective of background. Leesa Wheelahan (2009) also contends that students from lower-status pathways deepen participation in education through existing social groups
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The reason this author presents this is because admission into undergraduate courses is highly competitive, so universities need to have specific strategies to increase low-SES students enrolments, which is a challenge. Universities came to a legitimate agreement that following the ‘fixed-price carbon trading scheme,’ this would allow the government to set more realistic price to support low-SES students to enrol without increasing funds.

The barriers to low-SES access and success at university were complex and interrelated, with many long term and cultural components (p. 9, 1.1). Any efforts made by the university to recover outcomes for people from low-SES backgrounds had to integrate outreach access and support programs and spread beyond simple special entry schemes which have, to date, demonstrated slight effects in improving national rates of access (NBEET/HEC 1996). The authors Eleanor Ramsay, Deborah Tranter, Simon Charlton and Robert Sumner (1997), argued that the universities Scheme, or USANET, is aiming to address particular needs of students with individual economic and educational disadvantage, result from their low-SES status. University of South Australia has implemented a range if strategies and their aims were to increase access and participation of people in the six targeted equity groups identified by the Commonwealth. Despite this, the authors Eleanor Ramsay, Deborah Tranter, Simon Charlton and Robert Sumner (1997),

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