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Indigenous Academic Support News

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Indigenous Academic Support Unit


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Charles Darwin University

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issue 7

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D ISSUE # 7 | AUGUST 2008 HOW CAN INDIGENOUS ACADEMIC SUPPORT HELP YOU? INDIGENOUS ACADEMIC SUPPORT SPECIAL INITIATIVES Indigenous Alternative Entry This program is designed to assess the academic potential of students, where the planning of appropriate study pathways can lead to enrolment in Higher Education (undergraduate) courses. Indigenous Orientation This program is designed to familiarise students with the facilities available at CDU and orientate them to university life when they enrol in either Vocational or Higher Education courses. Secondary School Visits The Secondary School program provides students with information about university and the courses available at CDU. Through this program students are encouraged to consider CDU as their university of choice should they wish to continue onto tertiary studies when they fi nish school. Indigenous Taste of Uni This program has been designed to ensure Indigenous students smooth transition from high school into university courses that will provide pathways to furthering their education and to developing their career opportunities. CDU Indigenous Postgraduate and Research Seminar Series The Series supports Indigenous postgraduate and research students at CDU by providing them with the opportunity to practice and develop their seminar presentation skills in an informal academic setting; disseminate and discuss their postgraduate research methods and fi ndings; gather information for their research; and develop important community and academic networks. Cultural Competence Training The IASU facilitates the delivery of Cultural Competence Training to CDU staff. This is a compulsory professional development activity for all academic and general staff. Indigenous Cultural Celebrations Signifi cant cultural events are observed annually. The IASU organises activities and events on campus, as well as participating in Indigenous cultural celebrations in the community. The IAS team provides high level support and assistance to Indigenous students studying at CDU through: Provision of specialist orientation programs for new Indigenous students. Assistance with enrolment applications and course information. Provision of academic support and referrals for tutoring from the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS), through which individual or group tutorial assistance can be arranged. Access to a well-appointed Indigenous student common room, computer lab, tutorial room and large undercover seating area with fans and lights at Casuarina Campus. Excellent student facilities are also available at Palmerston, Katherine and Alice Springs campuses. Assistance with top-up printing costs for Vocational Training & Education (VTE) and Higher Education (HE) students. Referral to support agencies (eg, counsellors) and information and assistance for accessing other services on campus (eg, Support & Equity Services, which also includes access to disability services). Assistance with fi nding suitable accommodation through North Flinders International House, Mission Australia or Aboriginal Hostels. Provision of information about scholarships and other opportunities that become available for students from time to time, as well as assistance with the preparation and submission of scholarship applications. Provision of advocacy support (eg, helping to deal with study problems, scholarship payments, access to Centrelink/Abstudy, etc) Regular visits to schools and community organisations to talk about study options and educational and career pathways available at CDU. Preparation and broad email distribution of monthly Indigenous Academic Support newsletter. 8

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