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CSU Indigenous Access Program

30 JANUARY 2019

* Students who complete the program achieve an average 75 percent progression rate. * Majority of students completing the program offered CSU course placement. * Program assisting more Indigenous students into university. The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Indigenous Access Program is assisting more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders into tertiary education.The five-day program that will be held at CSU in Bathurst from 4 to 8 February kicking off with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony followed by a range of activities aimed at building confidence and providing students with practical steps they can take to gain access into their chosen course.CSU Indigenous Programs Officer Lesley Lyons said the Indigenous Access Program provided a successful transition to university.“90 percent of students who completed the program stated they were confident in their ability to succeed at university compared to 76 percent pre-program,” Ms Lyons said.Describing the program Ms Lyons said the students were given assessments against their preferred course to understand their strengths and what needed to be improved.“Students are either offered a placement or are given an alternative pathway into their chosen program,” Ms Lyons said.CSU Manager of Indigenous Student Centres said the program provided Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students the support and access to the University’s Indigenous study resources to help them succeed.“The Indigenous Access Program provides students support throughout their university life and connects them with the full range of services and support we offer Indigenous students.“Access to these resources can be particularly helpful for students who are the first in their family to study at university,” Mr Dunn said.The Indigenous Access Program is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students both mature-aged and school leavers, future dates will be posted to the Indigenous Access Program website.

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