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Strategic Plan 2017


The Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research (CHEEDR; formerly the Access and Achievement Research Unit) informs University strategies for improving the access and achievement levels of under-represented students. The Centre has a particular focus on students from low socio-economic status backgrounds, and has responsibility for the oversight and reporting of the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP).


Specifically, the Centre aims to:

  • support the University's strategy to increase the access and recruitment of under-represented students by working with National Recruitment, the Regional Office and other stakeholders
  • support the University's strategy to increase achievement levels of under-represented students by conducting targeted research, analysis and evaluation
  • support the University's strategy to increase student retention by conducting analysis of institutional and national data, evaluating University programs, and working with staff within La Trobe Learning and Teaching and the Future Students’ Centre to develop and support student retention strategies
  • increase the public profile and reputation of the University by producing, publishing and circulating research and evaluation findings
  • support the operations of the Colleges through the provision of specific analysis and reports as required, and respond to requests that relate to the objective of attracting and retaining outstanding students
  • build research capacity, communication, and collaboration within the University in the areas of access and achievement
  • seek external funding for strategic projects that assist the University to attract and retain outstanding students, particularly those from under-represented cohorts
  • demonstrate national and international leadership through securing external competitive research grants and influencing public policy.