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Closing gaps with the CSU Indigenous Access Program


Wednesday, 6 Jun 2018

* CSU is dedicated to providing higher education pathways for ATSI people

* CSU Indigenous Access Program (IAP) first-ever midyear intake

* CSU students who participate in IAP have a higher progress rate (75 per cent) than non-IAP students (68 per cent)

* CSU aims to ensure each student gets a personalised pathway to study at the University

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is dedicated to providing higher education pathways for Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people.

Due to great demand the CSU Indigenous Access Program (IAP) has returned this year with its first-ever midyear intake program. Indigenous Australians of all ages are invited to take part in the five-day intensive pathways program at CSU in Dubbo from Monday 25 to Friday 29 June. Successful completion of this program provides entry into a range of CSU bachelor courses.

CSU manager of Indigenous Student Centres Mr Nathan Peckham said the program helps potential students assess their skills and suitability to study while also offering them a range of support and networks to help them succeed at CSU.

“The Indigenous Access Program has run for several years and has successfully built confidence in those preparing for university,” Mr Peckham said.

“IAP participants who went on to become Charles Sturt University students have a higher progress rate (75 per cent) than non-IAP Indigenous students (68 per cent).

“Our goal is to make sure each student gets a personalised pathway into Charles Sturt University so they can study the course they’ve always dreamed of doing.”

CSU is committed to encouraging more Indigenous Australians to study at university with travel, accommodation, and meals provided for eligible participants.

Activities include: confidence building in preparing for university, assessing literacy and numeracy skills, gaining career guidance and support, as well as accessing course advice.

Hear what the students think of the CSU Indigenous Program here.

Media contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

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CSU IAP course dates:

CSU in Dubbo: Monday 25 to Friday 29 June 2018

CSU in Wagga Wagga: Monday 19 to Friday 23 November 2018

CSU in Port Macquarie: Monday 3 to Friday 7 December 2018

CSU in Bathurst: Monday 4 to Friday 8 February 2019

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