Alternative pathways into university Are tertiary preparation programs a viable option?

Jenny Chesters, Kerry Rutter, Karen Nelson, Louise Watson

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During the past three decades, the student populations of Australian universities have become more heterogeneous as the higher education sector expanded and new alternative entry pathways were established. Broadening access to university study and, therefore, to professional and semi-professional occupations, provides avenues for social mobility. In this paper, we examine whether students entering university via alternative entry pathways, and in particular, on-campus tertiary preparation programs, have similar levels of achievement and attainment as students who entered via the more traditional pathway after completing Year 12. Our analysis is conducted on data from one regional university and our results show that students who were not eligible to enrol on the basis of their secondary school results were no more likely than traditional students to discontinue their studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-44
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Universities' Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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