The Australian 19 May 2012
Newcastle University is set to be the biggest winner from the Commonwealth budget boost for enabling programs and plans to use some of the extra money to create a “hub concept” for enabling students to enhance peer support. Newcastle has 2800 students enrolled in its enabling programs making it the biggest in the country, with 70% of them going on to university study. Vice Chancellor Caroline McMillen said having adequate enabling support for students meant there was no trade off between widening access and quality. She noted that 15% of the university’s honours students came through the enabling programs.
We see no challenge between participation and excellence. They are mutually inclusive although there are challenges in really providing the preparation required and that does require hard work.
Other universities with particularly large enabling programs include Central Queensland University,University of Southern Queensland and Edith Cowan University.