ADCET, ATEND and NCSEHE Webinar: Student Satisfaction and Academic Outcomes of Disadvantaged Students in Australian Higher Education
31 May 2017 8:28 am
The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET), the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND), and the NCSEHE presented a free webinar presented by Dr Ian Li (University of Western Australia).
Dr Li presented the findings of his recent NCSEHE funded research, Factors Influencing University Student Satisfaction, Dropout and Academic Performance: An Australian Higher Education Equity Perspective.
There has been increasing access to higher education enrolment for equity groups following the Bradley Review of Australian higher education. However, students from equity groups have also been found to lag behind their privileged counterparts in completing higher education. This study looks at the determinants of student satisfaction at university, with a focus on equity group differences. The influence of student satisfaction on being at-risk of dropping out of university, actual university degree dropout, and academic performance at university is also examined. Students from equity groups, particularly NESB students and students with disability, have lower levels of satisfaction across various satisfaction dimensions. Further, students from equity groups have poorer academic scores and are more likely to be at-risk of university dropout, with health and financial reasons identified to be important determinants for leaving university. These findings support the need for multi-faceted initiatives to support higher education students from equity groups.
About the presenter
Dr Ian Li is an economist based at the School of Population and Global Health at The University of Western Australia. He has research interests in health, education and labour economics, particularly research into higher education equity issues and the graduate labour market. Ian has been a chief investigator on a number of projects funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the National Centre for Vocational Educational Research, and the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.