Purpose – This chapter argues that institutions should take a strategic, integrated approach to enable all students to progress successfully beyond their first degree, to additional education or training or to the labour market.
Methodology/approach – The chapter reviews the literature about the progression of students from equity groups to the labour market and postgraduate study and the explanations for lower rates of success. The remainder of the chapter explores what institutions in England are doing to facilitate equality of outcomes for graduates from equity groups, based on analysis of the Widening Participation Strategic Assessments (WPSAs). Each WPSA was coded, and query reports were read and re-read to identify common approaches and themes.
Findings – Literature finds that graduates from diverse backgrounds and equity groups have poorer progression outcomes than other students. The WPSAs show that the majority of institutions are addressing employability but not progression to postgraduate study. On the basis of mainstream approaches to engaging students and developing their employability, the chapter presents a seven-point strategic approach to enhancing the progression and success of graduates from a diverse student body.
Research limitations – There are limitations associated with analysis of the WPSAs and that there is so little consideration of progression to postgraduate study.
Practical implications – This chapter proposes that institutions adopt an integrated and strategic approach to enhancing the progression and success of students.
Social implications – This approach addresses progression inequalities.
Originality/value – This chapter provides original insights into progression to postgraduate study for diverse students.
Thomas, L. (2011), "Chapter 7 Engaging Students to Enhance Progression Beyond the First Degree", Thomas, L. and Tight, M. (Ed.) Institutional Transformation to Engage a Diverse Student Body (International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, Vol. 6), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 253-269. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-3628(2011)0000006025
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