Outreach programs available in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales to support Indigenous students going to university.
Tuesday 28 October 2014
The University of Canberra runs a range of Widening Participation programs designed to support the aspiration, achievement and participation of students from low socio-economic backgrounds in higher education.
Some of these programs include: Aspire UC, ACT Indigenous Success Project (ACT-IS), Stronger Smarter Schools Project, The Aspiration Initiative, UC 4 Yourself University Experience Days, Indigenous Student Aspirations, ACT University Experience Camps, Professional Learning Forums and Family and Community Tertiary Information Sessions.
The ACT Indigenous Success Project (ACT-IS) is a joint initiative of the University of Canberra (UC) and the Australian National University (ANU). ACT-IS will build on current work being undertaken by the two universities and will deepen this work by providing specialised activities with 10 key schools across the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and regions of New South Wales (NSW) to break down barriers to higher education for students from Indigenous and low SES backgrounds and to support the aspiration and achievement of participating students.
The program structure involves two parts. Part 1- ‘Aspiration and Achievement’ involves identifying students' needs and endeavouring to empower students to achieve at school and progress into higher education. Facilitators will deliver a number of sessions to a consistent group of student participants.
These sessions will focus on:
a) Building students' confidence and self-esteem;
b) Developing students' engagement and learning;
c) Improving students' literacy and numeracy skills;
d) Developing students' life skills; and
e) Supporting students' transition from Year 10 to senior years and into higher education.
Part 2 – ‘University Pathway Program’ involves selected students from Years 11 and 12 who have participated in the Aspirations and Achievement component. The University Pathways Program will build on the Aspiration and Achievement component to deliver an accredited pathway into UC. Furthermore the program aims to be accredited in ACT colleges as an A-level unit. Discussions are ongoing with the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) with regards to accreditation.
So far Approximately 140 students have been involved in the project to date and feedback has been positive with students engaging well in the sessions. Participating students are currently working on activities to build on strengths and understand key character type, with the view that confidence building is the foundation for educational and life success.
For more information regarding criteria for the selection process of students, information about participating schools and exact dates for the program schedule in 2015 please visit the ACT Indigenous Success Project website or contact ACT- IS Project University of Canberra Widening Participation unit on T 02 62063972 E firstname.lastname@example.org