University Pathway Programs: Local Responses within a Growing Global Trend

  • Cintia Inés Agosti
  • Eva Bernat

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. University Pathway Programs: A Response to Global, National and Local Needs in Students’ Transition to Higher Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. The Role of University Pathway Programs in Addressing Issues Related to Access, Equity, Inclusion and Participation in Higher Education

  4. Transitions from the Vocational to the Higher Education Sector

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Alan Beckley, Clare Netherton, Tracy Barber
      Pages 151-165
  5. Issues of Curriculum and Pedagogy in University Pathway Programs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Lucinda McKnight, Emma Charlton
      Pages 207-222
  6. Internationalisation and Privatisation of University Pathway Programs

About this book


This volume is the first to compile the insights of experienced and informed education researchers and practitioners involved in the delivery of university pathway programs. These programs have emerged as effective responses to global, national and local students’ needs when transitioning to Higher Education. The book opens with an overview of the main drivers for the development of university pathway programs, and a description of the main characteristics of such programs, as well as of the different types of programs available. It examines topics such as the way in which policy and governance issues at the institutional, state, and federal level affect university pathway programs’ financial models, compliance and quality assurance mechanisms as well as program provision. It also looks at how to address issues related to 'non-traditional' background students such as those from lower socioeconomic background, students for whom English is an additional language (EAL), indigenous students, mature age students and humanitarian entrants.

The volume showcases thirteen university pathway programs offered in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Qatar, and the United Kingdom. These examples provide valuable insights that will help guide future practice in the field as the programs described effectively foster and support the development of students’ academic literacies, study skills and awareness of the socio-cultural norms that are necessary to participate successfully in higher education settings. In reporting the strategies to overcome challenges in the areas of curriculum development and implementation, of equity, inclusion and participation, of cross-sector collaboration and of student welfare, the volume promotes reflection on these issues and, therefore, better equips those education practitioners embarking on the university pathway program journey.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Cintia Inés Agosti
    • 1
  • Eva Bernat
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Arts, International Studies DepartmentMacquarie UniversityNorth RydeAustralia
  2. 2.Australian School of Applied ManagementMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72504-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72505-5
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