Success from the perspective of the successful: Equity, success and completion in higher education

Mark Rubin, Penny Jane Burke, Anna Bennett, Olivia Evans, Sarah O'Shea, Kristen Allen, Jean Parker, Nida Denson, Heather Douglas, Monica Gendi, Stephanie Hardacre, Peter Howley, Suzanne Macqueen, Carmen Mills, Ryan Naylor, Maria Raciti

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    Abstract

    Success is often assumed to have a common definition and to be a transparent term. However, the data shows that success is, in reality, personal, sociocultural and structural. According to Government policy and institutional measures, it is considered in terms of pass/fail, grade averages or gaining employment (O’Shea & Delahunty, 2018). However, when students are asked about success, whilst there are references to vocational and quantifiable notions of success, equally, highly valuable personal, community and familial experiences are conveyed. This research clearly reveals the multidimensional and contextual nature of success.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationNewcastle, NSW
    PublisherUniversity of Newcastle
    Commissioning bodyAustralian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment
    Number of pages113
    ISBN (Print)9780725904517
    Publication statusPublished - 2022

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