Review of Indigenous Higher Education Policy in the Northern Territory – Where have we come from and where are we heading?


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Presenter:  Ms Cat Street, Project Coordinator, Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, Charles Darwin University

Date: Jan 23, 2018

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Contact person:  Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 7468
E: thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room)

Target audience:  Open To the Public - All Welcome – Please Share

Abstract: The Australian Government is constantly investing in higher education reforms. This has included deregulatory reforms that began in the early 1990s and have contributed to a higher education sector in which institutions are now required to demonstrate ‘performance’ and that they are achieving ‘success’. But the term ‘success’ is arbitrary and can mean different things to different people. This is particularly relevant in the Northern Territory (NT), where Indigenous Australians make up approximately one third of the population and often hold worldviews different to those of policy-makers. This presentation will share the findings of a research project that examined Indigenous perspectives of ‘success’ in higher education in the context of an ever-evolving Indigenous higher education policy landscape. The research paid particular attention to historical government higher education policies and the responses of institutions in the NT to these policies. It is a particularly pertinent time to consider lessons from history about ‘what works’ to place the NT in good stead for its future.

About Cat Street: Cat Street has experience in research and evaluation in health and education settings in the Northern Territory and internationally. She has been involved in delivery of numerous initiatives that aimed to unlock capacity of remote Indigenous communities in the areas of health promotion and higher education. She also conducted a qualitative research project in Bangladesh as part of a Master of Public Health. Her areas of interest include participatory evaluation and systems thinking. She is the current Co-Convenor of the NT Branch of the Australasian Evaluation Society and is a former executive member of the NT Branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

RSVP by Monday, 22 January 2018 via Outlook or thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

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