Despite the expansion of the higher education sector, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds are under-represented in Australian universities. Although, disadvantage in secondary school educational attainment can, in part, be overcome by accessing university through alternative pathways, little research has examined the outcomes of these non-traditional students. Drawing on administrative data relating to an entire cohort of domestic students commencing undergraduate studies at one Australian university in 2007, this paper explores the relationship between pathway into university, course selection and retention. We find that there is a clear association between socio-economic background and pathway into university, between pathway into university and type of degree studied, and between pathway into university and attrition.
|Title of host publication||The Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2012 : Emerging and Enduring Inequalities|
|Editors||Lynda Cheshire, Alex Broom|
|Place of Publication||Queensland|
|Publisher||The University of Queensland|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||Emerging and Enduring Inequalities - Brisbane, Australia|
Duration: 26 Nov 2012 → 29 Nov 2012
|Conference||Emerging and Enduring Inequalities|
|Period||26/11/12 → 29/11/12|
Chesters, J., & Lacroix, C. (2012). Socio-economic status and participation in higher education: An investigation into entry pathway, course and retention. In L. Cheshire, & A. Broom (Eds.), The Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2012 : Emerging and Enduring Inequalities (Vol. 1, pp. 1-9). Queensland: The University of Queensland.