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Bridges, Pathways and Transitions by Gail Whiteford, Mahsood Shah

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Chapter 4

Supporting Indigenous Students Through the University Journey

The Elder in Residence Program

Elaine Chapman1 and Gail Whiteford2,    1Dunmore Lang College, Macquarie Park, NSW, Australia,    2Griffith University, Nathan, QLD, Australia

Abstract

The rates of participation of indigenous students in higher education in Australia is lower than that of nonindigenous students due to a number of complex and intersecting factors. Whilst a range of programs have been introduced aimed at reaching indigenous students, raising their aspirations towards higher education and building pathways for entry, attention has also been required to ensure that adequate support is provided once indigenous students actually commence university. In Australia, ...

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