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A Push For More Higher Education Diversity In Australia

Australian universities have seen an increase in access to higher education in recent years. However, insiders say there’s more work to be done. To that end, they are calling for policy changes to support disadvantaged students and help universities meet equity group targets.

“A worldwide movement of working-class academics” insists that leveling the playing field for students from non-traditional backgrounds will require both cultural and policy changes. University lecturer and researcher Verity Archer, who grew up in Tasmania’s small town of Burnie, said, “Residential college was an especially bad place for someone from a working-class background.”

And even though Archer was surrounded by diversity, the issue persisted. “The details of my story might be different but the feelings of cultural misalignment are quite common among people from working-class backgrounds attending university,” she said.

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