Go8 Backgrounder 9: University student access and success

1 Dec 2009

Go8 Vice-Chancellors have agreed to develop a coordinated equity strategy to increase the participation and success of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

This backgrounder reports the results of some initial research being undertaken to inform the design of the proposed joint Go8 equity initiative.  The analyses are based on data from the 2009 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) national unit record data collection for undergraduate applications, offers and acceptances and the annual student data collection.

It shows that while participation of students from disadvantaged backgrounds is lower at Go8 universities than other universities, equity students at all course levels have better outcomes in terms of attrition, retention and success.  Outcomes for Remote and Indigenous students are markedly better at Go8 universities.