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This paper builds upon the work of the NCSEHE since its establishment at Curtin University, as well as four recent Building Legacy and Capacity workshops. The most recent of these brought together 28 researchers, practitioners, policymakers and policy influencers to advance a national conversation about the long-term strategic vision for student equity in Australian higher education.
This paper aims to outline the key concepts, challenges and contradictions associated with achieving student equity in higher education in an era of near universal participation, and point out possible options for resolving these challenges and contradictions.
Eight big questions are articulated to prompt discussion and feedback from the sector: