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Widening Higher Education Participation by Erica Southgate, Anna Bennett, Mahsood Shah

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Chapter 1

Systemic Equity Challenges

An Overview of the Role of Australian Universities in Student Equity and Social Inclusion

Ryan Naylor and Richard James,    Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

This chapter examines the challenges Australia has faced in creating greater social inclusion in higher education, tracing some of the policy interventions over the last quarter of a century in particular. The analysis examines not only the role of universities and other higher education providers but also the roles of schools and vocational educational and training. This chapter points to the need for more systemic thinking and policy to recognise the interrelationships and interresponsibilities ...

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