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Student Diversity = Student Success. Jenny Shaw. Objectives. European and UK context Main features of research Present the case - diversity promotes success. The Lisbon Strategy. European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (2005)

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Objectives

  • European and UK context

  • Main features of research

  • Present the case - diversity promotes success

EAN Conference, Galway 27-29 June 2007


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The Lisbon Strategy

European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (2005)

‘Mobilising all Europe’s brain power …will require much more diversity than hitherto with respect to target groups, teaching modes, entry and exit points, the mix of disciplines and competencies in curricula’Communication from the Commission, 2005

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The Copenhagen Process

‘VET systems should, as part of flexible educational pathways, increasingly enable progression… especially from VET to higher education’ Helsinki Communiqué, Dec 2006

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The Bologna Process

‘Universities should modernise the content of their curricula…and open up to new types of learners, business and society at large.’ Ján Figel, 2007

‘the student body…should reflect the diversity of our populations’ London Communiqué, May 2007

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And the point is…?

  • Student diversity is on the agenda

  • Easier access for those with VET qualifications

  • Lifelong learning

    Therefore:

  • More diverse student body

  • Widening Participation mainstreamed

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Business Case for Diversity

Higher Education Academy

  • Identify stakeholders

  • Build on existing evidence

  • Business case model

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Why a Business Case?

  • Celebrating difference

  • Internal arguments for WP

  • Partial marketisation

  • Diverse sector

  • Organisational change

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External Drivers

Internal Drivers

Recruitment

Pool of Talent

Improving T&L

New markets

(Access to funding)

Legislation

Mission Commitment:

Social Justice

Social Responsibility

Organisational Change

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Benefits to institutions

  • Increased student numbers

  • Tapping the pool of talent

  • Improving teaching and learning

  • Access to funding

  • New roles and markets

  • Complying with legislation

  • Corporate social responsibility

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Benefits to students

Quantifiable learning benefits(Gurin et al, 2002)

Improved teaching

‘Younger students will then get a broader education and an idea of different cultures’

‘if you integrate people at university level they can learn from each other’

‘[local students] see the Uni as part of their local self’

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Success for all - a paradigm

  • Mainstreamed diversity approach

  • Strategic, outcomes focused

  • Difference is an asset

  • Everyone is an individual

  • ‘Model of plenty’

  • Development of potential

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‘…whatever widening participation strategies are used by HEI's, they will make little progress towards social inclusion unless they can effectively challenge traditional approaches to admissions and to the conventional culture of higher education’ Woodrow, 2000

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The Project Team by HEI's, they will make little progress towards social inclusion unless they can effectively challenge traditional approaches to admissions and to the conventional culture of higher education’

  • Kevin Brain University of Bradford/Trinity & All Saints

  • Kath Bridger University of Bradford/Freelance

  • Dr Judith Foreman York St John University/ Wakefield College

  • Prof. Ivan Reid University of Bradford

  • Jenny Shaw York St John University/University of Hull

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Further Information by HEI's, they will make little progress towards social inclusion unless they can effectively challenge traditional approaches to admissions and to the conventional culture of higher education’

Higher Education Academy:

www.heacademy.ac.uk

Jenny Shaw:

[email protected]

Kath Bridger:

[email protected]

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