Future Moves, within the Pre Entry Program at CSU, works towards forming strong partnerships with school students from low socio economic communities to encourage aspiration to higher education. Students are 5 - 18 years of age ie Kindergarten to Year 12.
The program aims to:
- Introduce the idea of a career, lifelong learning and further education
- Raise awareness of future options post school
- Communicate the benefits of higher education
- Demonstrate the pathways and options to attaining a degree
- Lift aspiration to consider higher education as a realistic option
Student undergraduate ambassadors are crucial to the Future Moves Program and provide a focus of what it is really like to attend university. They present aspects of the workshops to students in schools, lead teams of students at the on campus events and can provide mentoring. Leaders are recruited twice per year and must satisfy the Working With Children check and complete a compulsory Leaders Training Day.
Program components include:
- In school workshops: These are based on staged and developmental activities that are mapped to the school curriculum and the Australian Blueprint for Career Development
- On campus events: Faculties and divisions support workshops for students aged 10 - 18 contextualising the ideas and information introduced in the school workshops
- Student Real Time: Year 11 or 12 students can spend a day with a student Leader on campus to experience the life of a uni' student
- Mentoring: Students in schools can make contact with and be mentored by student Leader by connected classroom technology
- On line support: Students and teachers can access workshops, university information, links and extension activities through the Department of Education
- Negotiated activity: Individual school learning groups, Access programs and others can plan specific events as required (eg enrichment groups, gifted and talented, subject selection.)
- Schools Link: Faculties and divisions who wish to arrange an event with specific schools in the Future Moves program are supported
- Community Connect: Targeted primary and secondary schools work with the program and Partnership Brokers to develop strong links with parent groups to encourage them to support their children in raising aspirations
- Teacher Professional Development: Teachers in participating schools are provided with 2 opportunities per year to hear from specialists and practitioners in the higher education sector to raise their awareness and provide strategies to encourage aspiration
- Skills Fix: Students participate in workshops that cover learning styles, time management and other strategies to ensure success at uni
The Future Moves program worked with over 4,700 students in 2012 from 48 schools from the Western, Central Western and Mid North Coast regions. Schools include small rural and remote schools with 30 students, central schools and large comprehensive high schools from both the public and independent sectors.
Future Moves is also based in Port Macquarie where two staff are combining the role of lifting aspiration and awareness with a marketing focus. The Division of Marketing support the Port Macquarie Program while the staff are part of the Pre Entry Program staff within the Division of Academic Support.
Faculties, Divisions and Future Moves
Future Moves needs to develop strong links with faculties and divisions in order to contextualise the information that presentations deliver to students. In school workshops and on campus events have been linked to the school curricula and the Australian Blueprint for Career Development in relevant areas to future decision making regarding post school options.
Significant experiences and opportunities in faculty lead workshops or presentations as well as support from divisions help to make the connections between school curriculum, university options and future careers more obvious.
- Nursing, MIdwifery and Indigenous
- Health Biomedical Sciences
- Paramedics Computing & Mathematics
- Robots Human Movement Studies
- Communication & Creative Industries
- Teacher Education
- Theatre Media
- Agricultural and Wine Sciences
- Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Science
Support from Divisions has been welcomed: Indigenous Support Service, Catering, Student Services
How can CSU staff benefit from Future Moves?
- By offering your expertise in faculty based workshops you will provide life long memories to school students who may then choose your discipline to study
- Faculties can work with Future Moves staff to develop strong partnerships with local, rural and remote schools
- Academic, teaching and divisional staff will gain an insight into the backgrounds and communities that prospective students come from