The ‘university place’: how and why place influences the engagement and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students

This seed project aimed to enhance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university student engagement and retention. Specifically, this project attended to the notion of the ‘university place’ and provides information and two tools that universities can use to help optimise the persistence and educational outcomes of Indigenous Australians.

The findings of this seed project resulted in two tools – The iPlace New Thinking Prompts and The iPlace Ecology. Both tools are scalable, portable and non-prescriptive. The two tools are designed to seed rethinking and new thinking about ‘university place’ praxis and they may be adapted either in part or holistically to assist with strategic imperatives or ‘closing the gap’ agendas of universities across the sector.

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