Diverse university student cohorts are becoming the norm in rural universities. As universities reach out to an increasingly diverse group of students in rural areas it has become evident that traditional support structures are inadequate to meet the needs of students who tend to be mature aged women and first generation students. Studies have . shown thot students from rural and geographically isolated areas and particularly socioeconomicaily disadvantaged groups are more at risk of failure. Several reports have shown that rural areas have major shortages of professionals such as nurses. As a result of this the need for universities to examine their support structures, so that this diverse group of students is given every opportunity to succeed, is vitaily important (Howells, 2003; McInnis, 2001 & Tinto 1993).
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Education in Rural Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|