Issue 2 - 4 March 2013 enews home

More NT kids to progress to university

By Louise Errington

Principal of Kormilda College David Shinkfield, CDU's Into Uni Program Coordinator Julie Affleck, Principal of Centralian Middle School Andrew Leslie, CDU Pro-Vice Chancellor, Academic Associate Professor Martin Carroll and Principal of Centralian Senior College Eddie Fabijan sign a Memorandum of Agreement for the Into Uni program

A new $4.8 million Commonwealth-funded initiative will see more Northern Territory students finish high school and progress to tertiary education.

A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed between Charles Darwin University, Kormilda College, Centralian Senior College and the Centralian Middle School, marking a commitment to developing budding scholars through the “Into Uni” program.

CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic Associate Professor Martin Carroll said the program focused on improving participation by Indigenous, regional and remote students in higher education, either directly or through Vocational Education and Training pathways.

Into Uni is an outreach program underpinned by three main activities: an Indigenous mentoring project, the Learnline in Colleges program and the Outreach and Enrichment program.

“The Indigenous mentoring project will be offered through the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) at CDU,” Mr Carroll said.

“Designed to encourage Indigenous students to complete Year 12 and build their aspirations to enrol in higher education, it will recruit and train CDU students to provide mentoring support to secondary school students.

“The Learnline in Colleges project, coordinated by the Office of Learning and Teaching, aims to engage high school students with the university’s online learning management system, to familiarise them with the technology long before they commence tertiary education.

“The Education Outreach and Enrichment program offered by CDU’s School of Education and ACIKE fosters engagement with the families and communities of high school students in an effort to create a culture of academic achievement. It also aims to encourage the pursuit of tertiary study by establishing a strong support network at home.”

Into Uni is funded by the Commonwealth Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program.