The Australian Government is seeking to increase tertiary enrolment levels as a way to help Australia compete with the world's most successful economies. Earlier this year Julia Gillard, then Minister for Education, called for 300,000 more university enrolments by 2015. Achieving such an increase would require greater tertiary participation by students who traditionally have not pursued university studies, and by implication it would also mean lifting school completion rates, especially amongst social categories where completion is lowest. Research from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY 2008) has found that young people who are most likely to leave school early are Indigenous, have parents employed in blue-collar occupations or other non-university backgrounds, or are low academic achievers at school. It is important that universities and schools work to ensure that all such students have the skill set needed to achieve success at tertiary level.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2010|