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NCSEHE & EPHEA WA Professional Development Day

The NCSEHE and the Western Australian chapter of Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) would like to invite you to attend a professional development day on Tuesday 29 January 2019 from 10 am – 3 pm at Curtin University.


Delivered by experts in the field, sessions will revolve around high school performance and standards and the relationship to access and participation in higher education, looking at the current situation and visions for the future.

EPHEA WA will also host the first chapter meeting for the year as part of this day. The meeting will outline plans for 2019 and institutions will be invited to nominate to host chapter meetings and presentations on topics of interest and expertise throughout the year.

Event details

Building 602 (Enterprise Unit 4), 9 De Laeter Way, Bentley WA
29 January 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Morning tea and lunch will be provided


10:00 am: Arrive and morning tea

10:20 am: Remote Student Engagement in Higher Education — Louise Pollard (2017 NCSEHE Equity Fellow; Director, Student Services & Admission, the University of Notre Dame)

11:00 am: Student Achievement and Trends: Western Australian Secondary Education — Allan Blagaich and Patrick Garnett (Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority)

12:00 pm: Lunch

12:45 pm: Future Scenarios for Tertiary Education in Australia — Peter Noonan (Director of Tertiary Education and Policy — Mitchell Institute at Victoria University)

2:00 pm: EPHEA WA chapter meeting


This event has now reached capacity, but we would encourage you to register your expression of interest here and you will be contacted if additional places become available.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided so please indicate any specific dietary requirements.

Event Presenters

Louise Pollard, 2017 NCSEHE Equity Fellow and Director, Student Services & Admission, the University of Notre Dame, will give an overview of her Equity Fellowship, Remote Student University Success: An analysis of Policy and Practice. She will discuss implications for equity practitioners supporting remote students in higher education, as well as recommendations for the sector and future policy direction.

Executive Director Allan Blagaich and Chair Patrick Garnett from the Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) will provide an overview of the current performance of Western Australian high school students, Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) trends, and the relationship of National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) on students’ achievement, with a focus on students from diverse backgrounds.

Professor Peter Noonan, Director of Tertiary Education and Policy — Mitchell Institute at Victoria University, will discuss the results of the modelling undertaken for the Mitchell Institute on future scenarios for tertiary education in Australia and implications for future access and participation. The modelling covers Vocational Education and Training (VET) and higher education as individual sectors and then tertiary education as a whole. It assesses recent and project enrolment levels to 2031 as a proportion of the Australian population and highlights the need for ongoing growth in both sectors to even maintain current participation levels.

Posted 14 January 2019 Posted in Disability, General, Indigenous, International, Low SES, Regional