Indigenous Student Success: Whose “business” is it? Sharing our experiences

Bianca Hill
Faculty of Law QUT

In 2012, the Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People final report recommended universities adopt a whole-of-university approach for supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success (Department of Education, 2012, 64). Historically, this responsibility has been placed on the Indigenous Support Units (ISUs) (Department of Education, 2012, xii) and therefore reduced the responsibility of faculties, schools and divisions of universities in this area.  However, in 2012 the QUT Faculty of Law has employed an Indigenous Project Officer using Widening Participation Funds (HEPPP) to provide in-Faculty support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law and justice students to promote their success.  This circle hopes to bring together conference participants to share stories; discuss models of participation and retention (Penchenkina, Kowal and Paradies, 2011); and possible future directions for supporting Indigenous Student success across institutions.

 

References

Department of Education. (2012). Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People: Final Report. Retrieved from Department of Education website https://docs.education.gov.au/node/36825

Penchenkina, E., Kowal, E., & Paradies, Y. (2011). Indigenous Australian students’ participation rates in higher education: Exploring the role of universities. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 40, 59-68. doi: 10.1375/ajie.40.59