This report outlines the findings from a national study commissioned by the Australian government to determine the high-level factors that impact on the success and retention of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds at regional universities.
The study found that the eight factors were:
reality checks and;
really good teaching.
The evidence gathered also led to the identification of five policy areas where future research and policy reform should be focused. These are:
ensuring financial stability for students;
defining, measuring and monitoring ‘attrition’ differently;
valuing staged and micro qualifications;
leveraging existing regional and rural infrastructure, and;