Building bridges: The story behind Australia's largest widening participation collaboration

Gail Whiteford, Annette Cairnduff, Catherine O'Donnell, Jane Cavanagh, Ruth Tregale, Jude Stoddart

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The story of Bridges to Higher Education, in which a consortium of five large Australian universities joined together in collaboration with numerous stakeholder groups to offer a comprehensive suite of programs aimed at widening the participation of those groups underrepresented in higher education in Australia, is one with many salient lessons. In the first section of this chapter, we chart the story "behind the scenes" of the Bridges phenomenon, its purpose and governance arrangements. In the following section we present data as to reach and impact of Bridges based on a 3-year multimethod evaluation. In closing, we reflect on the lessons learned through the development and implementation of Bridges programs and consider future directions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBridges, pathways, and transitions
Subtitle of host publicationInternational innovations in widening participation
EditorsMahsood Shah, Gail whiteford
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherChandos Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780081019221
ISBN (Print)9780081019214
Publication statusPublished - 07 Oct 2016


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