Re-conceptualising sustainable widening participation: Evaluation, collaboration and evolution

R. Reed, A. King, G. Whiteford

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This article discusses the future of university-based programmes aimed at enabling the access and successful participation of students from traditionally under-represented backgrounds in higher education. It builds a case for adopting three strategies in ensuring the sustainability of widening access and participation work: (1) embedding broad-ranging and reflexive evaluation practices; (2) developing partnerships with industry partners; and (3) evolving the conceptual and strategic framework of widening participation. The article's reflections are contextualised within the framework of current higher education policy and practice in Australia, and its arguments are advanced from a close reflection on a mentorship programme aimed at media students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds at Macquarie University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-396
Number of pages14
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Issue number2
Early online date09 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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