Publications

Books, peer-refereed chapters and journal articles

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Books

Harvey, A., Burnheim, C. & Brett, M. (Eds.) (2016). Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five Years of A Fair Chance for All. Singapore: Springer.

Peer-refereed chapters

Brett, M. & Harvey, A. (2017). Advancing Equity in the Australian Higher Education System. In James, R., French, S. and Kelly, P. (Eds.), Visions for Australian Tertiary Education. Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne.

McKay, J., Pitman, T., Devlin, M., Trinidad, S., Harvey, A., & Brett, M. (accepted, 2016). The use of enabling programs as a pathway to higher education by disadvantaged students in Australia, in E. Bernat (Ed.), University Pathways: A Global Perspective. Springer.

Pitman, T., Harvey, A., McKay, J., Devlin, M., Trinidad, S., & Brett, M. (2017). The impact of enabling programs on Indigenous participation, success and retention in Australian higher education. In J. Frawley, S. Larkin, & J. Smith (Eds.) Indigenous pathways, transitions and participation in Higher Education: From policy to practice. Springer.

Harvey, A., Burnheim, C. & Brett, M. (2016). Fair Chances and Missed Opportunities. In A. Harvey, C. Burnheim and M. Brett (Eds.), Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five Years of A Fair Chance for All. Singapore: Springer.

Harvey, A., Andrewartha, L., & Burnheim, C. (2016). Out of reach? University for people from low socio-economic status backgrounds. In A. Harvey, C. Burnheim and M. Brett (Eds.), Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five years of A Fair Chance for All. Singapore: Springer.

Burnheim, C. & Harvey, A. (2016). Far from the studying crowd? Regional and rural Australians in higher education. A. Harvey, C. Burnheim and M. Brett (Eds.), Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five Years of A Fair Chance for All. Singapore: Springer.

Kemran, M. (2016). Access, achievement and outcomes among students from non-English speaking backgrounds. In Harvey, A., Burnheim, C. & Brett, M. (Eds.) (2016). Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five Years of A Fair Chance for All. Singapore: Springer.

Harvey, A., McNamara, P. & Andrewartha, L. (2016). Towards a national policy framework for care leavers in Australian higher education. In Philip Mendes and Pamela Snow (Eds.), Young people transitioning from out-of-home care: international research, policy and practice (pp. 93-113). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Burnheim, C. & Harvey, A. (2013). Dawkins and the regions. In G. Croucher, S. Marginson, A. Norton, J. Wells (Eds.), The Dawkins Revolution: 25 Years On (pp.169-190). Melbourne: Melbourne University Publishing.

Peer-refereed journal articles

Harvey, A. (2017). Translating academic research to higher education policy reform: the case of enabling programs, International Studies in Widening Participation, 4(1).

Tootell, N. & Harvey, A. (submitted, 2017). Equity and complexity: regional school students and the challenge of university admissions. Special edition: problematising rurality in higher education policy & practice. Rural Society, 27(2).

Andrewartha, L. & Harvey, A. (submitted, 2017). Student voice and influence on employability in higher education. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability.

Andrewartha, L. & Harvey, A. (accepted, 2017). Employability and student equity in higher education: the role of university careers services. Australian Journal of Career Development.

Harvey, A., Andrewartha, L., & Luckman, M. (2016). Care leavers in Australian higher education: towards evidence-based practice. Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal, 46, 6-18.

Harvey, A. & Szalkowicz, G. (2016). Developing multiple exit pathways within undergraduate courses. International Studies in Widening Participation, 3(1), 52-67.

McNamara, P., Harvey, A., & Andrewartha, L. (forthcoming, 2017). Passports out of poverty: raising access to higher education for care leavers in Australia. Children and Youth Services Review, Special Issue.

Mestan, K. (2016). Why students drop out of the Bachelor of Arts. Higher Education Research & Development. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2016.1139548

Harvey, A., Andrewartha, L. & McNamara, P. (2015). A forgotten cohort? Including people from out-of-home care in Australian higher education policy. Australian Journal of Education. DOI: 10.1177/0004944115587529

Harvey, A. & Szalkowicz, G. (2015). From departure to arrival: Re-engaging students who have withdrawn from university. Journal of Further and Higher Education. (published online 21 July) DOI:10.1080/0309877X.2015.1062852

Harvey, A. & Reyes, K. (2015). Employability and equity: A comparative international analysis. Peer-refereed paper in conference proceedings of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA). Melbourne, July.

Mestan, K. & Harvey, A. (2014). The higher education continuum: access, achievement and outcomes among students from non-English speaking backgrounds. Higher Education Review, Spring, 46(2), 61-80.

Harvey, A. & Luckman, M. (submitted). Equity and academic achievement within a Common First Year curriculum model. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice.

Harvey, A.. & Luckman, M. (2014). Beyond Demographics: Predicting student attrition within the Bachelor of Arts degree. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, March, 5(1), 19-29.

Harvey, A. (2014). Early and Delayed Offers to Under-represented University Students. Australian Journal of Education, 58(2), 167-181. doi:10.1177/0004944114523367

Andrewartha, L. & Harvey, A. (2014). Willing and enabled: the academic outcomes of a tertiary enabling program in regional Australia. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 54(1), 50-68.

Mestan, K. & Harvey, A. (2013). Increasing school engagement through theme-based curriculum. Peer-refereed paper in conference proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Adelaide.

Harvey, A. & Andrewartha, L. (2013). Dr Who? Equity and diversity among university postgraduate and higher degree cohorts. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 35(2), 112-123.

Harvey, A., Burnheim, C., Joschko, L. & Luckman, M. (2012). From Aspiration to Destination: Understanding the Decisions of University Applicants in Regional Victoria. Peer-refereed paper in Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association, December.

Harvey, A. & Simpson, A. (2012). Powers of Prediction: Can school recommendations forecast university achievement?. Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 14 (special issue).

Harvey, A. (2011). Redirecting the male: strategies to raise male enrolments on regional campuses. In C. M. Klinger and N. Murray (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1st International Australasian Conference On Enabling Access To Higher Education 2011 : 5-7 December 2011, Adelaide, Australia, National Committee of Enabling Educators (NCEE) and University of South Australia, Adelaide, S. Aust.

Harvey, A. (2010). Higher Education: A new frontier of nationalism?. International Journal of Learning. Common Ground Publishing.

Harvey, A. (2010). The Utopian Diaspora: Australians in Paraguay. In L. DePretto, G. Macri and C. Wong (Eds.), Diasporas journal, 120, 299-309. Oxfordshire, England: Inter-Disciplinary press. ISBN: 978-1-84888-019-1.

Competitive grants

Books-at-Bendigo-campus-250.jpgHarvey, A. & Andrewartha, L. (2017). Supporting younger veterans to succeed in higher education, Department of Veterans' Affairs Supporting Younger Veterans Program, $21,976.

Harvey, A. & Moran, A. (2016). Raising participation of new migrant groups in low SES and regional communities, Australian Government, Department of Education and Training National Priorities Pool, $144,460.

Harvey, A. & Flores, S. (2016). Visiting Fellowship for A/Prof. Stella Flores to collaborate with Dr Andrew Harvey on the global college equity project, Transforming Human Societies Research Focus Area, La Trobe University, $9,239.

Harvey, A., Luckman, M. & Szalkowicz, G. (2015). Re-engaging low SES students who have withdrawn from university, Australian Government, Department of Education and Training National Priorities Pool, $34,000.

Harvey, A., Andrewartha, L., Wilson, J., Beckley, A., & O'Brien, G. (2015). Attracting and supporting care leavers from low socio-economic status backgrounds, Australian Government, Department of Education and Training National Priorities Pool, $127,000.

Harvey, A., Reyes, K. & Clarke, J. (2015). Improving the employability of students from low socio-economic status backgrounds, Australian Government, Department of Education and Training National Priorities Pool, $76,000.

Wood, D., Veraa, C., Smith, L., Devlin, M., Nelson, K., Whitty, G., Bennett, A., Harvey, A., Hill, A. & McBaron, M. (2015). A comparative evaluation of the efficacy of the equity strategies employed by Australian universities, Australian Government, Department of Education and Training National Priorities Pool, $156,686.

Harvey, A., Brett, M. & Funston, A. (2015). Assessing Descriptors of Academic Program Inherent Requirements, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, $20,553.

Tsorbaris, D., Wilson, J., Harvey, A., McNamara, P., Snow, P. & Corrales, T. (2015), Improving education outcomes for young people in out of home care, Sidney Myer Fund large grant, $724,000.

Harvey, A., Cardak, B., Brett, M., Sheridan, A. & Balcombe, G. (2014). The Adaptation of Tertiary Admissions Equity Practices to Growth and Diversity, Australian Government, Department of Education and Training National Priorities Pool, $351,804.

Harvey, A., Sellar, S. & Peacock, D. (2014). Globalization Opportunities for Low Socio-economic and Regional Students, Australian Government, Department of Education and Training National Priorities Pool, $245,000.

Whitty, G., Bennett, A., Gore, J., Smith, M., Munn, B., Harvey, A., Brett, M., James, R., Naylor, R. & Baik, C. (2014). Critical Interventions Framework Part 2, Australian Government, Department of Education and Training National Priorities Pool, $205,262.34.

Trinidad, S., Devlin, M., Pitman, T., Harvey, A., Brett, M., McKay, J. & Goldacre, L. (2014). Enabling programmes for disadvantaged student groups, Australian Government, Department of Education and Training National Priorities Pool, $155,785.

Harvey, A., McNamara, P., Brett, M. & Andrewartha, L. (2014). University Access and Achievement of People from Out-of-home Care Backgrounds, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, $64,000.

Flores, S. & Harvey, A. (2014). Development of an international student equity admissions framework, University of Pennsylvania, Margin Buster Micro Grant, $2,500 US.

Conference papers and keynote presentations

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Conference papers

Harvey, A., Campbell, P., Andrewartha, L. & Wilson, J. (2016) Attracting and supporting care leavers from low socio-economic status backgrounds in higher education. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Melbourne, 27 November - 1 December.

Harvey, A. & Andrewartha, L. (2016) Improving the employability of students from higher education equity groups. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Melbourne, 27 November - 1 December.

Luckman, M. (2016). Postgraduate student equity in the post-Bradley higher education system. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Melbourne, 27 November - 1 December.

Harvey, A., Szalkowicz, G. & Luckman, M. (2016). Re-engaging low socioeconomic status students in higher education. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Melbourne, 27 November - 1 December.

Harvey, A., Reyes, K., Clark, J. & Andrewartha, L. (2016). Improving the employability of black and minority ethnic students: A comparative international research study. Closing the gap: Research and Practice on Black and Minority Ethnic Student Attainment in Higher Education Conference, University of Kent (UK), 27 June.

Harvey, A. & Szalkowicz, G. (2015). Developing multiple exit pathways within undergraduate degrees. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Fremantle, 29 November - 3 December.

Harvey, A., Sellar, S., Peacock, D. & Szalkowicz, G. (2015). Globalisation opportunities for low socio-economic and regional domestic students. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Fremantle, 29 November - 3 December.

Pitman, T., Trinidad, S., Costello, D., Devlin, M., Harvey, A., Brett, M., McKay, J. (2015). Pathways to higher education: A comparison of enabling programs and vet pathways. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Fremantle, 29 November - 3 December.

Harvey, A., Brett, M., Funston, A. (2015). Assessing descriptors of academic program inherent requirements. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Fremantle, 29 November - 3 December.

Luckman, M., Harvey, A., McNamara, P. & Andrewartha, L. (2015). Care leavers and higher education: implications for equity practitioners. Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) Conference, Geelong, 9-12 November.

Harvey, A. (2015). Student equity in Australian higher education. GAPS conference, Malaysia, 1-8 October.

Harvey, A. (2015). Assessing the implications of the new admissions landscape for students. Driving Change in Student Admissions Conference, Melbourne, 28-29 July.

Harvey, A. (2015). Enabling programs in Australia. International Approaches to Preparing WP Students for HE study seminar, Open University, Victoria, 25 June.

McNamara, P., Harvey, A., & Andrewartha, L. (2015). Care leaver transition to university in Australia: Applying local and international evidence to improve participation and retention. International Foster Care Research Conference, Siegen, Germany, 17-19 September.

Walley, C., Harvey, A., McNamara, P. & Andrewartha, L. (2015). Making tracks to tertiary education: In pursuit of better learning outcomes for Indigenous care leavers. Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAIC) National Conference, Perth, 15-17 September.

Harvey, A. & Luckman, M. (2014). Equity and academic achievement within a Common First Year curriculum model. Widening Participation Through Curriculum Conference, Open University UK, Milton Keynes, 30 April-1 May.

Harvey A. & McNamara, P. (2014). Pathways to higher education from out-of-home Care: Improving outcomes through a national approach. Association of Children's Welfare Agencies Conference, Sydney, 18-20 August.

Harvey, A. & Szalkowicz, G. (2014). From departure to arrival: Re-engaging students who have withdrawn from university. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) - New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference, Brisbane, 30 November - 4 December.

Mestan, K. (2014). Demographics are not destiny: School interventions to raise student aspirations. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) - New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference, Brisbane, 30 November - 4 December.

Mestan, K. (2014). The value of themed learning. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) - New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference, Brisbane, 30 November - 4 December.

Mestan, K. (2014). Demographics are not destiny: School interventions to raise student aspirations. Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA) & The Hong Kong Educational Research Association (HKERA) Conference, Hong Kong, 19-21 November.

McNamara, P. & Harvey, A. (2014). Access to tertiary education from out of home care in Australia: The case for a national framework. European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents Conference (EUSARF), Copenhagen, 2-5 September.

Luckman, M. & Harvey, A. (2013). Seasonal adjustments: Recruiting and retaining domestic students over the summer period. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Institutional Research Conference, Perth, 13-15 November.

Mestan, K. (2013). Why students drop-out of the Bachelor of Arts. International Conference on Learning, Rhodes, July.

Harvey, A. (2012). Beyond access: NESB achievement and outcomes, keynote presentation. Social Inclusion in Education Conference, 27-28 September, Melbourne.

Harvey, A. (2012). Skipping class? Early and delayed offers to under-represented students. Ireland International Conference on Education, 16-18 April.

Harvey, A. & Simpson, A. (2012). Powers of prediction: Can school recommendations forecast university achievement?. Open Universities UK Widening Participation Conference, Northamptonshire, UK, 24-25 April.

Harvey, A. (2011). The problem of death. Visual Cultures, Modernity and Society Conference, Ateneo University, Manila, 21-22 June.

Mestan, K. (2011). Identifying and examining characteristics of Australian and UK welfare reform.
Australian Social Policy Conference, University of New South Wales.

Mestan, K. (2011). Welfare policy and citizenship. Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference, Monash University.

Harvey, A. (2010). Visions of Mortality in Dystopian Literature. Visual Imaginations Conference, Assumption University, Bangkok, 1-3 November.

Mestan, K. (2010). Paternalism in welfare policy. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference, Cambridge University.

Keynote presentations

Harvey, A. (2017) Invited inaugural keynote address, Enabling education Special Interest Group, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Sydney, 28 June.

Harvey, A. (2017) Invited keynote, How do schools understand university admissions? Improving Transparency in University Admissions Conference, Criterion, Victoria University, Melbourne, 7 June.

Harvey, A. (2016). Invited panellist, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) 2016 National Research Forum, 28 November.

Harvey, A. (2016). Invited panellist, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Conference, Melbourne, 9 November.

Harvey, A. 2016. Invited plenary, Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association (ANZSSA) and ISANA International Education Association Conference, Perth, 16 September.

Harvey, A. 2016. Invited panellist, Universities Australia: Equity and Access Policy workshop, ANU, Canberra, 19 August.

Harvey, A. 2016. Invited keynote, International Education Association of Australia Mobility Forum, 12 August, Melbourne Town Hall.

Harvey, A. 2016. Invited panellist, Rethinking University Admissions, Panel event organised by La Trobe University and The Australian newspaper, RACV club, Melbourne, 12 May.

Harvey, A., 2015. Australian university admissions and student equity, Invited keynote, Steinhardt Institute, New York University, USA, 12 November.

Harvey, A. 2015. From Departure to arrival: Re-engaging students who have withdrawn from university, Invited keynote, Strategies for Student Retention Conference, Victoria University Convention Centre, 29 September.

Harvey, A. 2015, Access to higher education for young people leaving care. Invited keynote. Access Monash Seminar 2015: Learning Families, Monash University, 4 September.

Harvey, A. 2015. Assessing the implications of the new admissions landscape for students, Invited keynote, Driving Change in Student Admissions Conference, Victoria University Convention Centre, 29 July.

Harvey, A. 2015. Enabling programs and widening participation. Invited keynote, International Approaches to Preparing Students for Higher Education Conference, Open University, UK, 25 June.

Harvey, A. 2015. Student equity in Australia. Invited keynote, Peabody College of Education Seminar, Vanderbilt University, USA, 24 April.

Harvey, A. 2014, Student equity in an Australian context. Invited Australian representative, Salzburg Global Seminar on Students at the Margins and the Institutions that Serve Them: A Global Perspective, Salzburg, Austria, 11-16 October.

Harvey, A. 2012, ‘Beyond access: NESB achievement and outcomes’, Invited keynote, Social Inclusion in Education Conference, 27 - 28 September, Melbourne.

National media

Opinion pieces

Harvey, A. (2017, July 12). Managing performance anxiety. The Australian.

Hare, J. (2017, July 5). Free enabling programs key to education equity: Andrew Harvey. The Australian.

Bennett, A., Harvey, A., Fagan, S. (2017, May 18). Programs that prepare students for university study may no longer be free. The Conversation.

Harvey, A. (2017, April 12). Employ career strategies that really work. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2017, April 3). Should university funding be tied to student performance? The Conversation.

Harvey, A. (2017, March 15). Address attrition rate with many happy returns. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2016, September 21). Has the push to get more disadvantaged students into universities been a success?. The Conversation.

Harvey, A. (2016, June 22). Let's create more global students. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2016, June 17). Uncapping of university places achieved what it set out to do. So why is it dubbed a policy failure?. The Conversation.

Harvey, A. (2016, May 25). University enrolments: out of town means out of luck. The Australian.

Harvey, A., Norton, A., Matters, G., Pitman, T. (2016, March 3). The ATAR system is efficient but doesn’t highlight students' full potential. The Conversation.

Brett, M., Sheridan, A., Harvey, A. & Cardak, B. (2015, October 28). Four barriers to higher education regional students face – and how to overcome them. The Conversation.

Long, J. & Harvey, A. (2015, July 15). Equity and diversity should figure in any rankings system. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2015, June 17). Encourage uni ‘dropouts’ to return instead of stigmatising them. The Australian.

Harvey, A. & McNamara, P. (2015, June 9). Out of care and into university. Policy Online.

Harvey, A. (2014, September 17). Independent Scotland could find free university degrees unaffordable. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2014, August 13). Deregulation has its risks despite greater mobility. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2014, July 23). Smarter thinking a sign of survival. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2014, July 9). Equity package is no gift for regionals. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2014, March 12). Sector all at sea on the route to reform. The Australian.

Harvey, A. & Luckman, M. (2013, July 17). Following the facts or the money?. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2013, July 19). Universities need to listen and learn on outreach programs. The Australian.

Harvey, A. & Luckman, M. (2013, April 17). How unis can win the battle of attrition. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2013, February 13). Multiple exit points needed for students. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2012, December 12). School-leavers need improved guidance about viable options. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2012, November 28). It's on, and on, and ennui go. The Australian.

Harvey, A. & Mestan, K. (2012, October 17). Language too big a barrier for non-English speakers. The Australian.

Harvey, A. & Burnheim, C. (2012, September 19). School type points to uni performance. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2012, September 5). Questions of equity are not applied equally. The Australian.

Harvey, A. & Andrewartha, L. (2012, June 20). Minorities have right to share of postgrad pie. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2012, May 16). Student entry checks by universities carry risks. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2012, February 29). Degree of Flexibility Assists Uni Offers. The Australian.

Harvey, A. & Simpson, A. (2011, July 20). Blind alleys in multiple university entry pathways. The Australian.

Harvey, A. (2011, June 20). When the majority doesn’t rule. Campus Review.

Harvey, A. (2011, June 15). How to snare your local bloke. The Australian, p.27.

Harvey, A. (2010, March 20). Campus and community. Bendigo Advertiser, p.13.

Harvey, A. (2010, February 16). A problem deferred. Campus Review, 20(3), p.13.

National reports

Wood, D., McLeod, M., Viragh, K., Devlin, M., Hill, A., Harvey, A., Bennett, A., Hanley, J., Whitty, G., & Nelson, K. (2017). A comparative study of the equity strategies employed by Australian universities. Australia: CQUniversity Australia

Harvey, A., Andrewartha, L., Edwards, D., Clarke, J., & Reyes, K. (2017). Student equity and employability in higher education. Report for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Melbourne: Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research, La Trobe University.

Harvey, A., Campbell, P., Andrewartha, L., Wilson, J., Goodwin-Burns, P. (2017). Recruiting and supporting care leavers in Australian higher education. Report for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Melbourne: Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research, La Trobe University.

Harvey, A., Szalkowicz, G. & Luckman, M. (2017). The re-recruitment of students who have withdrawn from Australian higher education. Report for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Melbourne: Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research, La Trobe University.

Harvey, A., Brett, M., Cardak, B., Sheridan, A., Stratford, J., Tootell, N., McAllister, R. & Spicer, R. (2016). The Adaptation of Tertiary Admissions Practices to Growth and Diversity. Report for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, Melbourne, La Trobe University.

Pitman, T., Trinidad, S., Devlin, M., Harvey, A., Brett, M., & McKay, J. (2016). Pathways to higher education: The efficacy of enabling and sub-bachelor pathways for disadvantaged students. National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), Perth: Curtin University.

Harvey, A., Sellar, S., Molla, T. M., Baroutsis, A., Cakitaki, B., Tellefson, J., Luckman, M., Szalkowicz, G. & Brett, M. (2016). Globalization opportunities for low socio-economic status and regional students. Report for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, Melbourne, La Trobe University.

Bennett, A., Naylor, R., Mellor, K, Brett, M., Gore, J., Harvey, A., James, R., Munn, B., Smith, M., & Whitty, G. (2016). The Critical Interventions Framework Part 2: Equity Initiatives in Australian Higher Education: A Review of Evidence of Impact. Report for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

Brett, M., Harvey, A., Funston, A., Spicer, R., & Wood, A. (2016). The Role of Inherent Requirement Statements in Australian Universities. Report for the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), Curtin University.

Harvey, A., McNamara, P., Andrewartha, L., & Luckman, M. (2015). Out of care, into university: raising higher education access and achievement of care leavers. Report for the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), Curtin University.

Media appearances

Out-of-home care

Out-of-home care

Interview with Chief Investigator, Dr Andrew Harvey, ABC PM, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, (2015, March 11).

transcript

ABC PM 11 March 2015

MARK COLVIN: Abuse or neglect in foster care can be just the start of some children's disadvantage in life.

A study out today has confirmed that when they leave care, they're far less likely to make it to university than the general population.

The La Trobe University researchers found the problem was made worse by the dearth of statistics on care leavers once they reach adulthood.

Samantha Donovan reports.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: The La Trobe University researchers estimate that only 1 per cent of Australians coming out of foster or residential care make it to university. Dr Andrew Harvey.

ANDREW HARVEY: One of the things that's important here is the bigotry of low expectations. And the fact that people often don't expect care leavers to go onto higher education, often don't teach them that higher education is even an option - this kind of cultural factor is equally important in some cases.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: Who is showing that what you call "soft bigotry" towards these children?

ANDREW HARVEY: It comes throughout the whole sector, so often there will be carers or people in the community service organisations who may not think that the care leavers have the capacity to go onto higher education. It will be governments, it will be universities.

There are very few university policies, for instance, to try to recruit this cohort. There are very few universities that have specific supports for this cohort. So it's not a deliberate action, and in many cases it's well-meaning across the sector, but the focus has been on the security, health, welfare and getting through school, rather than higher education.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: But Dr Andrew Harvey says the United Kingdom has increased the number of care leavers going to uni from 1 per cent to 7 per cent in just a decade.

And he believes the same can be done here.

ANDREW HARVEY: So the UK has essentially established care leavers as a student equity group. The universities now collect data on a number of care leavers and they track those students through the system.

The office of fair access have access agreements with each university, and around 50 or 60 institutions have specific care leaver policies within those access agreements. Typically they'll have a care coordinator appointed within university - a person that anyone from care can see about additional academic support.

They'll have outreach activities into schools and into community service organisations to try to recruit and attract care leaders.

And all of that is supported by further research and evidence that is drawn on the data and the evidence that they now collect.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: Dr Harvey says that compared to Australia, the UK has the advantage of more united health and education sectors.

ANDREW HARVEY: They don't have federal problems that we have with commonwealth and state governments and departments of health and education. So it has been easier to establish there.

But there's been a third party called the Buttle Foundation, which is an advocate for care leaders, that's also played an instrumental role. And there was a research report in the UK in 2004 that also tracked care leavers and brought their voices to the experience.

So there's been a range of voices across the sector that's been involved, and essentially universities have bought into that agenda now. And it's now established in the higher education collection of data, established across the sector, and all of these institutions now have specific policies.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: Andrew Harvey says Australia must start gathering better statistics on the progress of young people who've been in foster or residential care.

One possibility is the linking of child protection data with the national assessment program, NAPLAN.

ANDREW HARVEY: So there is some collaboration at school level and at below-18 level amongst the data agencies across Australia. The problem really is that there's very little that happens post-18.

So when people move out of care and they turn 18, they typically have little support from the state corporate parent. The formal responsibility ends and then we lose them.

We don't keep track of them, we don't know whether they go into higher education, we don't follow their pathway. And this is very different from the United Kingdom and even from states in the United States, where care leavers often receive support after 18, sometimes up to 25.

And that continual support means that we can support them to get into university or whatever other careers that they choose, and also then we can get much better evaluation and monitoring of those pathways.

So the problem is not so much the absence of data, it's that it stops at 18 at the moment in Australia.

MARK COLVIN: Dr Andrew Harvey from La Trobe University ending Samantha Donovan's report.

Tertiary admissions practices

Radio Adelaide (2016, March 4). Should we scrap the ATAR?, interview with chief investigator Dr Andrew Harvey, Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM Digital.

Performance based funding

The Daily 2SER. (2017, April 4). Should Uni Funding be Tied to Performance?. 2SER (FM 107.3).

ABC Radio Canberra. (2017, April 4). Performance based funding for universities, interview with Dr Andrew Harvey.

Related media

Student equity in higher education

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (2017). Informing Policy and Practice III: 2016 Student Equity in Higher Education Research Grants Program Projects. The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education. Curtin University: Perth.

Student attrition

Hare, J. (2017, June 7). Non university providers account for more dropouts. The Australian.

Student re-recruitment

Hare, J. (2017, March 15). Undecided students need a degree of care. The Australian.

Hare, J. (2017, March 15). Equity students more satisfied but still likely to drop out. The Australian.

Universities Australia. (2017, March 15). Half of university 'drop-outs' in official figures actually return to study. Universities Australia.

Cervini, E. (2015, August 23). Drop out, drop in: It’s time universities re-recruited their discontinued students. The Age.

Student equity and employability

Ross, J. (2017, April 12). Employability programs ‘drop ball on equity’. The Australian.

Student Equity in Australian Higher Education

Towers, K. (2016, May 4). Dawkins led overhaul ‘needs an update’. The Australian.

NCSEHE (2016, April 26). NCSEHE Roundup 26 April 2016. NCSEHE Newsletter.

Bexley, E. (2016, April 13). Ideas for Australia: Degrees are more necessary than ever before, but the rewards aren't as great. The Conversation.

Ziguras, C. (2016, April 25). Access the advantage: industry will benefit from international students, regardless of wealth.Campus Review.

La Trobe University. (2016, May 16). Book launch: Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five years of A Fair Chance for All. UniNews. 28(15).

First-in-family

Ross, J. (2017, April 19). First-in-family data ‘lacks robustness’. The Australian.

Performance based funding

Jacks, T. (2017, May 15). Universities fear 'catastrophic' funding cuts under new performance targets. The Age.

The Daily 2SER. (2017, April 4). Should Uni Funding be Tied to Performance?. 2SER (FM 107.3).

ABC Radio Canberra. (2017, April 4). Performance based funding for universities, interview with Dr Andrew Harvey.

Tertiary Admissions Practices

Heagney, M. & Benson, R. (2017, March 12). How mature-age students succeed in higher education: implications for institutional support, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation. (2016, November 16) Calls for greater ATAR transparency, interview with Matt Brett. Radio National Drive.

Higher Education Standards Panel. (2016) Improving the transparency of Higher Education admissions. Department of Education and Training.

Norton, A., & Cakitaki, B. (2016) Mapping Australian higher education 2016. Grattan Institute.

Scott, R. (2016, July 28). Political inertia on higher education and questions for a public inquiry. TJ Ryan Foundation.

Towers, K. (2016, May 19). University schemes ‘a mystery’ to poorer students. The Australian.

Towers, K. (2016, May 18). Low-SES, regional students struggle with university admission. The Australian.

Radio Adelaide (2016, March 4). Should we scrap the ATAR?, interview with chief investigator Dr Andrew Harvey, Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM Digital.

Enabling programs

Hare, J. (2017, July 5). Free enabling programs key to education equity: Andrew Harvey. The Australian.

Hansard for Australian Senate (2017, May 31). Education and Employment Legislation Committee Estimates.

Hare, J. (2016, September 14). Higher education regulator TEQSA eyes disparities in attrition. The Australian.

NCSEHE (2016, August 30). NCSEHE Roundup 30 August 2016. NCSEHE Newsletter.

Disadvantaged student enrolments

O'Keeffe, D. (2017, May 3). VU rejig to help disadvantaged will cost 115 academics’ jobs. The Australian.

Ross, J. (2016, February 3). Enrolments of disadvantaged students rise slowly. The Australian.

Matchett, S. (2016, April 21). Pipeline not flowing. Campus Morning Mail.

Critical Interventions Framework, Part 2

Bennett, A. (2016, June 29). Six ways to improve equity in Australian universities. The Conversation.

Inclusive excellence

Hare, J. (2015, July 15). Equity and diversity integral to new university rankings.The Australian.

Nested courses

O'Keeffe, D. (2016, July 13). Undergraduate courses need exit points: La Trobe researchers. The Australian.

Higher Education Partnerships and Participation Programme

Zacharias, N. (2017). The Australian student Equity Programme and institutional change: Paradigm shift or business as usual? The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE). Curtin University: Perth.

O'Keeffe, D. (2016, September 7). Higher education participation program needs stable funding. The Australian.

Matchett, S. (2016, September 7). IRU backs HEPPP. Campus Morning Mail.

Innovative Research Universities (IRU). (2016, September 5). Improving equity in higher education participation IRU response to HEPPP evaluation.

Out-of-home care

Ruah Community Services (June 2017). Positive Futures: experiences of school and further education in out-of-home care (Fremantle, Rockingham & Kwinana Western Australia). Project report.

Ross, J. (2017, 5 April). La Trobe report urges unis to tap potential of ‘care leavers’. The Australian.

Akerman, T. (2017, January 31). University degree is achievable with some useful care. The Australian.

McDowall, J. J. (2016). CREATE's Go Your Own Way resource for young people transitioning from care in Australia: An evaluation. Sydney: CREATE Foundation.

St Saviors. (July 2016). Transition to Leaving Care. Research report.

Tsorbaris, D. (2016, June 21). Not good enough: Raising expectations for young Australians leaving care. Pro Bono News.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2015, March 11). Out-of-home care: Interview with Chief Investigator, Dr Andrew Harvey, ABC PM.

Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare. (2015, August 5). Improving Educational Outcomes for Young People Leaving Care [media release].

Cervini, E. (2015, March 23). University could transform those leaving care – but no welcome mat laid out. The Age.

Hare, J. (2015, August 5). $724k grant to boost tertiary study for abused youth. The Australian.

La Trobe University. (2015, August 10). La Trobe wins Myer Large Grant. UniNews. 27(27).

La Trobe University. (2015, March 12). Out of care and out of uni options. UniNews.

Loussikian, K. (2015, March 11). Foster care leavers need extra support in higher education. The Australian.

McCallum, A. (2015, April 20), Young people leaving foster homes at 18 still need care. The Age.

Mendes, P. (2015, March 16). Young people not supported after they leave care. Eureka Street.

Passmore, D. (2015, March 14). Queensland ejects hundreds of youngsters a year from state care as they turn 18. The Courier Mail.

New migrant groups

O'Keeffe, D. (2016, October 19). Project to help mature-aged students get to university. The Australian.

Harman, S. (2016, October 25). Study looks to boost numbers. Sunraysia Daily.

Zydower, M. (2016, October 20). Boosting higher education for new migrants. La Trobe University [media release].

La Trobe University. (2016, October 17). La Trobe receives grant for research into raising university participation of new migrant groups. UniNews. 28(37).

Whitsed, T. (2016, October 27). Education opportunities. Shepparton News.

WIN Bendigo. (2016, October 21). WIN News, Bendigo.

WIN Shepparton. (2016, October 21). WIN News, Shepparton.

ABC Goulburn Murray FM Radio. (2016, October 24). ABC 06:30 News, Wodonga.

ABC Mildura - Swan Hill FM Radio. (2016, October 24). ABC 06:30 News, Mildura.

ABC Goulburn Murray FM Radio. (2016, October 24). ABC 07:30 News, Wodonga.

ABC Mildura - Swan Hill FM Radio. (2016, October 24). ABC Breakfast news headlines, Mildura.

ABC Goulburn Murray FM Radio. (2016, October 25). Pre-recorded Interview with Anthony Moran. ABC Breakfast, Wodonga.