La Trobe champions student success

La Trobe champions student success

02 Jun 2011

Students from low social-economic (SES) status backgrounds are succeeding at La Trobe University at a higher rate than the national average according to La Trobe’s inaugural sustainability report Responsible Futures

Student with bookThe report shows that in 2009, 87% of low SES students at La Trobe were successful compared to the national average of 84%. Regional and Indigenous students at La Trobe also showed a 91% and 84% success rate (respectively), compared to the national mean of 88% and 70% successful.  

The report also highlights the University’s successful participation rates in regional Victoria which at 33% is almost twice the Australian university average of 18% for 2009.

‘The location of La Trobe University’s campuses in Melbourne and northern Victoria give us great reach in these communities, many of which are underrepresented in higher education,’ said Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) Professor Carol Adams. ‘In Responsible Futures we have set targets to make sure we continue to provide future opportunities to these students groups.’

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor John Rosenberg also spoke of the importance of La Trobe’s connection with regional areas,

‘Some 70% of our regional graduates live and work in the area where they studied giving back to the communities where they are from. With the support of Federal Government we are investing in important infrastructure such as the $88.9 million La Trobe Rural Health School to be completed in 2013, and this project will help ensure the University maintains its strong links to local communities,’ said Professor Rosenberg.’

Responsible Futures is an honest and transparent look at the University’s social, economic and environmental footprint and is the first externally assured Global Reporting Initiative compliant sustainability report released by a university in the world.

Responsible Futures has uncovered several areas in which La Trobe’s performance fell short, including Indigenous student participation rates, which measured only 0.48% of the University’s student population.

‘While this highlights the lack of Indigenous students at the University we must take in to account the lower indigenous population numbers that occur in Victoria in comparison to other states.  Still, we are aiming to double indigenous numbers by 2015, on top of the introduction of 35 new full time positions for indigenous staff by 2015 through the ‘Closing the Gap’ program,’ Professor Adams commented.

To download the complete Responsible Futures sustainability report please visit: www.latrobe.edu.au/sustainability/report

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