National data indicates that students enrolled at regional universities have less positive outcomes than those of their peers enrolled in capital city universities. Measures such as lower participation, less favourable progression and completion rates, higher levels of attrition and poorer graduate destination outcomes are often juxtaposed with positive scores in other measures such as sector-wide surveys of student satisfaction. This OLT funded, eight institution project led by USC seeks to understand the 21st century student experience in the context of diverse undergraduate student populations attending regional universities and to identify how equitable outcomes for these students can be achieved in comparison to their urban counterparts. The project proposes that there is more to the experience of students in regional universities a first pass through the data reveals. Our early interrogation of existing national data in light of Kahu’s (2013, 2014) framing of student engagement is providing insight into the breadth of student experiences at regional universities and the data collection needed to more fully explore those experiences. This presentation will provide an update on the project so far, including some preliminary findings.
2015 Learning & Teaching Week: Teaching Visions: Seeing Teaching in New Ways, Sunshine Coast, Australia 14-18 September 2015
2015 Learning & Teaching Week Program Book / pp.11