Aboriginal Postsecondary Initiative in Australia

make your mark

The Make Your Mark website is an postsecondary education initiative from Australia. The website is visually appealing and inspiring, as well as, practical in providing information about how to access postsecondary education in a variety of settings and life circumstances.

Here are some words of encouragement from Cathy, one of the students profiled:

The Make Your Mark initiative in has the goal of increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in postsecondary education. The project is supported by multiple postsecondary education stakeholders as part of a broader project Bridges to Higher Education

Here is the description of the project from the Make Your Mark website:

Make Your Mark has been developed as part of the Bridges to Higher Education Project

Bridges to Higher Education:

  • is a consortium of five Sydney universities – University of Western Sydney, University of Sydney, University of Technology, Sydney, Australian Catholic University and Macquarie University – working collaboratively to widen participation in university
  • gained a grant in Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) funding from the Commonwealth Government to improve participation rates of students in higher education.

Make Your Mark’s objectives

To provide web-based information and access to resources, and to encourage aspiration and increase participation in further education, particularly in underrepresented groups.

The website is intended to be a source of information and resources for:

  • people considering whether to go on to further education and what to go on to
  • people who are in roles where they can encourage participation in further education (such as parents, friends, teachers, career advisers, community liaison officers, community leaders, government agencies, and community organisations).

Development of Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark was developed in collaboration with the five Bridges project universities and the Universities Admissions Centre, in consultation with tertiary education providers, the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory departments of education and training, and other organisational partners and stakeholders. Consultation during development also included a wide range of potential user groups and education agencies.

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