Buly Cardak La Trobe Business School
LBS Associate Professor Buly Cardak has been awarded a research grant by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education. The NCSEHE grant funding of $39,000 is for the project “Factors influencing participation and migration of regional higher education students”, and is a collaboration with Mr Matt Brett, Senior Manager – Higher Education Policy at La Trobe University and Dr Mark Bowden, Senior Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology.

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education

The NCSEHE’s purpose is to inform public policy design and implementation, and institutional practice, in order to improve higher education participation and success for marginalised and disadvantaged people. The centre strives to close the gap between Equity Policy, Research & Practice.

Project Abstract

Students of regional origin in Australia continue to experience inferior educational outcomes to the rest of the population and are under-represented in higher education. Associate Professor Buly Cardak’s project (in collaboration with Mr Matt Brett and Dr Mark Bowden) will improve our understanding of the factors affecting regional student university participation and completion. The project will focus on two issues, repeatedly raised as key factors driving the decisions of regional students: (i) higher education costs; and (ii) the need relocate to pursue some programs of study. The project will be data driven and will draw on the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Youth and higher education administrative data collection in order to undertake the analysis.