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Willing and enabled: The academic outcomes of a tertiary enabling program in regional Australia

Australian Journal of Adult Learning
Volume 54 Issue 1 (Apr 2014)

Abstract: This paper examines the achievement levels of students undertaking the Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) at La Trobe University. The TEP is an alternative pathway program that traverses multiple institutions, campuses, and disciplinary areas, and is designed to prepare a diverse student cohort for tertiary study. The Program integrates several sources of support, including tutorials, mentoring, and counselling. We found high overall achievement levels, indicating success in teaching and supporting students with variant needs. Nevertheless, there was substantial variation in achievement between subjects, campuses, and student groups. Variable achievement is likely to reflect differing levels of prior educational attainment and preparedness among students. However, results also highlight the complexity in managing a Program across multiple sites, subjects, and institutions. We suggest further comparative research into curriculum and teaching practice of enabling programs nationwide to enable more effective benchmarking and expansion of these pathways.

To cite this article: Andrewartha, Lisa and Harvey, Andrew. Willing and enabled: The academic outcomes of a tertiary enabling program in regional Australia [online]. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, Vol. 54, No. 1, Apr 2014: 50-68. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=206239542491623;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1443-1394. [cited 28 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Andrewartha, Lisa; Harvey, Andrew; Source: Australian Journal of Adult Learning, Vol. 54, No. 1, Apr 2014: 50-68 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1443-1394 Subject: La Trobe University; Academic achievement--Evaluation; Learning--Methodology; Education--Curricula; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Research Support Officer, Access and Achievement Research Unit, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC 3086, Melbourne, Australia, email: l.andrewartha@latrobe.edu.au
(2) Director, Access and Achievement Research Unit, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection