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With an overall motivation to understand and reduce the enrolment-completion gap for Indigenous university students, this study was designed in response to two broad research aims:

  1. To map Indigenous students’ use of Indigenous-specific, and whole-of-university support services.
  2. To assess relations between Indigenous students’ engagement with institutional support initiatives and their degree progression.

Utilising a mixed-methods approach, this project collated pre-existing quantitative data, and collected Indigenous student testimonials, from two medium sized universities in WA to determine relationships between institutional support and Indigenous student progression.

The report recommends that universities should consider investing in data management solutions which allow for regular integration of student case management data with student course progress data. This integration will allow universities to easily assess relations between student interactions with institutional support service teams and their course progression to assess whether intervention is associated with better course outcomes.

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