Wednesday, 16 October 2013

ACE event: Pathways - From school to UTAS: A Natural Fit

Contact: David Kronenberg
P: 6226 2280 E: david.kronenberg@utas.edu.au

Location: University Club, Dobson Road, Sandy Bay
Date of Event: 13 November 2013 from 6:00pm           RSVP: 6 November 2013

Intended Audience: Pre-school, Primary, Secondary school leadership across all sectors

All students of any age should view a tertiary education – at UTAS or TasTAFE, or anywhere else – as a natural step. This dinner conversation will consider how we might make this happen.

Student retention rates and school closures are common topics of debate for anyone involved in education in this state. These issues - and the fallout arising - have a significant impact on local communities, on schools, on the teaching profession, on the government - and on UTAS.

One strategy that may provide a positive impact on student retention rates across Tasmania is the provision of stronger and more effective links between UTAS and its feeder schools. Whilst the merits of programs like the College Model and the High Achievers program are well understood, they are nowhere near enough!

Not only students at secondary levels, but also students at primary levels and even pre-school levels, should be able in some way to recognise the value of UTAS - or any other tertiary provider - and to see a tertiary option as a natural choice.

How might this be achieved? Is it possible? Can it happen in Tasmania?

Be part of the solution. Join in the debate over dinner with:
  • Prof David Sadler (DVC- Students & Education)
  • Prof Sue Kilpatrick (Director, Centre for University Partnerships)
  • Prof David Adams (Social Inclusion Commissioner for Tasmania)
and let's consider the possibilities for change.