Equity Scholarship Provision in Australian Universities: Insights and Directions

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The Student Equity Strategy and HEPPP

Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JThe Agenda

Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301Jof equity scholarship provisionProfessor Sue Trinidad and Professor Gail Whiteford, NCSEHE The Research: A national snapshotCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J3Research OverviewBackgroundMethodsDesktop audit key findingsInterviews with key informants key findings Synthesis of findings works in progressIterative process & input today attendees as elite cohortCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J4

Background & MethodsCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J5Impetus and DevelopmentNCSEHE Board reading the zeitgeist intelligently and perceiving a need for national leadership on equity scholarships through focussed enquiryManagement commitment to a project plan based on value of expected outcomes and consistency with remit of the CentreScoping process within time constraints - 3 months last quarter 2014

Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J6MethodsAgreement re two pronged approach desk top audit and in depth interviewing, purpose of which was to counterpoint user vs provider perspectivesDevelopment of sample strategy in order to gain a national snapshot Ethics clearance from Curtin Universitys Human Research Ethics CommitteeResearch questions informing each approach were focused on what constitutes best practice in equity scholarship provision and how equity scholarships are communicated, processed and evaluatedCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J

Additional Detail FindingsCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J8Findings Desktop AuditSample websites of 37 universities were reviewed during October 2014 point in time data snapshotThe approach was that of a potential student seeking to find equity scholarship information audit was conducted by postgraduate research assistant

Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J9Identified Best PracticeAreas Requiring DevelopmentIndigenous scholarships information generally clear and easy to findInformation re eligibility for scholarships Rural/regional/remote scholarships as aboveSearch engines variable some filter by equity group, some by field of study in some cases need to drill down to reach relevant informationSites providing all inclusive information Make Your Mark site identified as exemplar (Bridges/UAC collaboration)Difficulty in undertaking comparative analysis between university offeringsOverall, the information available on websites was variableCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JFindings Qualitative Data11 interviews with key informants at a range of levels from all States and Territories and from all groupings (eg. ATN, GO8 etc.)Key themes:Need for better evidence to inform practiceNeed for an holistic approachThe need for collaboration within universities and with external stakeholdersThe need for transparency in processingThe need for autonomy to address contextual realitiesCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JSome standout quotes:Scholarships are good but they are one small part of a broader attrition strategy, its a three part thing...timely support services, inclusive curriculum and a sense of belonging

Best practice is being transparent, being accessible, being able to convey those messages to your core stakeholder, and being mindful of the needs and challenges of the institution and those the students themselves are facing - and being flexible and responsive to those challenges.

Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J12We are also looking at fairness and transparencytrying to remove from many of our scholarships the arbitrary decision making of panelsthe principles we are looking at is the support of those in need and the fairness and transparency of everyone in the applicant pool.

At the end of the day, equity arrangements have a long gestational period before full impactso, short term palliatives in relation to equity dont do equity a great cause, all we ask for is more time and consistency and probably greater autonomy in relation to all of this.Some standout quotes:Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J

Synthesis of findings Additional Detail Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J14Decision making grid guide best practice development and link to policy

Elements developed into 8 self review type questions:Context: Whats our profile now and aspirationally?Demography: Who are our students?Needs: What are the individual, general and context-specific needs of our students?Resources: What are the financial and other resources available from university and other sources to support equity scholarships?Evidence: How do we know we are using our resources for maximal impact? Right person / right time / right duration / right amount?Institutional culture: How do students and staff perceive equity scholarships and their role in the institution?Structure: Do we have administrative arrangements that ensure efficiency as well as highlight the importance of equity scholarships?Relationships: Who do we need to work with to ensure relevance, transparency & effective processing?

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Salience of the Recommendations and Decision Making GridResponses to stimulus questions emerging from issues identified in the research to inform policy directionsCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J16Professor John Dewar, Vice Chancellor, La Trobe University The Context Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J17 Ellie Rowland and Jonathan Goerlach, University of Canberra The Impact of Equity Scholarships Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J18Equity Director Mary Kelly, QUT The Future Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J19Income Sources

Typical sources of income for a low-SES student single, no children, dependent, away from home.

Source of incomeAnnual value1a. Income Support YA/Austudy$11,0961b. Income support - Start-up scholarship$2,0501c. Income support Relocation scholarship, rent assistance.Variable - $6,500 to $1,5002. Paid workVariable - $11,0003. Family support or institutional scholarshipVariable - equity scholarships typically $3-$5k.Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JDimensions of current BillsCourse priceStudent debt (interest rates)ScholarshipsHEPP

Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JKey design issues from 2004Defining need financial hardship; complicated lifeAssessing relative need in a large applicant poolThe role of merit (marks)Business processes

Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JQUTs scholarship schemesHolistic evidence-based decisions; criterion-referenced assessment.Income, expenditure, life circumstances; cash-poor and time-poor.Open eligibility; one form.Aggregated points determine place in queue (need).Impact-tracking strong retention effect; mild recruitment effect.

Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JProfessor Gail Whiteford, NCSEHEOpen Forum and Feedback from SectorCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J24Professor Sue Trinidad, NCSEHEThank you and CloseCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301JCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J25