In consultation with Queensland universities, CQUniversity aims to widen participation in higher education from low-socio economic, regional and remote, and Indigenous students by partnering with primary and high schools to deliver programs that raise aspirations towards higher education, facilitate access into university, and provide support for first year undergraduate students.
This initiative will contribute towards the participation targets set by the Federal Government that by 2020, 20 per cent of higher education enrolments at undergraduate level should be people from low SES backgrounds.
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The widening participation strategy aims to:
Build win-win collaborative partnerships with selected schools dispersed as far North as Calen, West to Winton, and South to Gayndah, that enable school representatives to articulate their requirements to higher education
Partner with community organisations and education providers to deliver holistic programs aimed at unlocking aspirations regarding higher education (including students and families)
Smooth the students’ transition from secondary school to university/TAFE
Help school and university staff to understand widening participation and to implement socially inclusive practices
Measures such as this will have a positive flow on effect for students, their families and communities, such as improved employment, economic and social outcomes, which will in turn benefit our entire nation.
The following Engage Education programs are offered by CQUniversity’s Widening Participation team in order to widen participation in tertiary study: