The Accelerating Indigenous Higher Education project will engage experts and leaders in university and industry during 2016 to:

  1. Determine approaches to improve Indigenous outcomes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); led by University of South Australia
  2. Increase the Indigenous academic workforce; Led by Charles Darwin University
  3. Support whole-of-university approaches to improving Indigenous higher education outcomes; Led by University of Newcastle.

The Project Plan is a working document with scope and governance to be confirmed by the Project Management Group following NATSIHEC Caucus and Universities Australia National Conference in March 2016.

Project Methodology

The project will build upon previous higher education reports and recommendations including Behrendt  and ATSIHEAC, to act as a catalyst to accelerate Indigenous education reform:

  • Update currency of evidence and program interventions to inform future actions;
  • Strategise findings from evidence into specific and measurable actions to progress the three priorities;
  • Prioritise strategies with greatest expected impact that are realistic, costed and clearly identify the agencies or institutions that will have carriage.

The project methodology for each priority will comprise:

  • Empirical analysis of higher education student participation and workforce data and trends;
  • Analysis of up to 10 higher education program interventions determined to be effective and replicable from evaluations and/or from project collection of data and evidence;
  • Cost-benefit analysis of a selection of higher education program interventions to improve Indigenous education outcomes;
  • Roundtable forums and interviews with leaders and experts in STEM, workforce and whole-of-university practices to improve Indigenous student and workforce outcomes;
  • Analysis and alignment of future actions and strategies for implementation with the national policy and funding environment anticipated in 2017;

Prioritisation and costing of 3-5 recommended actions in each of the three areas.

The methodology provides a broad framework for implementation of the project, although variations in approach, stakeholder engagement and timing are expected between each priority

The Accelerating Indigenous Higher Education initiative is project managed by NATSIHEC and sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.