Institutional strategies, evaluation and research

 We're involved in developing institutional strategies and evaluating La Trobe University programs tailored to under-represented students and institutional research.

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Institutional strategies

Care leaver strategy

Supported by the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), the Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research (CHEEDR; formerly known as the Access and Achievement Research Unit) worked to develop a holistic strategy to attract and support care leavers at the University.

The strategy aims to:

  • raise the higher education aspirations for young people in out-of-home care and care leavers;
  • increase enrolments of care leavers at La Trobe University;
  • increase support for care leavers attending La Trobe University to encourage their success in higher education; and
  • continue leading the national research agenda and influencing national policy.

Learn about our work to support Care leavers.

Bursaries

New migrant strategy

The Centre is working with the Office of National Recruitment to develop a new recruitment strategy for new migrants, including students from refugee backgrounds.

Learn about our work to support new migrants.

Institutional evaluation

We have a major role in evaluating the following La Trobe programs:

  • School Partnerships Program (SPP)
  • College of Science Health and Engineering (SHE) outreach program
  • ‘VCE Plus’ program
  • UniBridges
  • Succeed Program (Academic Early Warning System)
  • Tertiary Enabling program.

Institutional research

Access

  • student access
  • increasing low socio-economic status numbers at La Trobe
  • outcomes and achievements of the Bendigo Tertiary Education Plan.

Achievement

  • university access and achievement of people from out-of-home care backgrounds
  • investigation into university access, achievement and outcomes among students from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Retention, attrition and re-engagement

  • student retention
  • success and retention rates of international students at La Trobe
  • identifying and responding to risk indicators of student attrition
  • investigation into the cohort of students who withdraw from university and into re-engaging students who have withdrawn from university.

Student equity

  • student equity implications of embedding the La Trobe Essentials
  • student equity issues within blended and online subjects
  • investigation into international student finances
  • investigation into equity and diversity among university postgraduate and higher degree cohorts
  • methodology to rank universities on inclusive excellence, using metrics of quality, equity and diversity.