Alternatives to Neo-liberal Dictates in Higher Education: The Fight against Student Poverty

King, Anna E., Doutre, Jane M., & Macindoe, Maria (2007) Alternatives to Neo-liberal Dictates in Higher Education: The Fight against Student Poverty. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2(2), pp. 31-40.


University students from low socioeconomic backgrounds in Australia face increasing levels of poverty, escalating course fees and associated costs, and are required to meet a myriad of conditions in order to obtain financial support, all within the Australian Government rhetoric of rights and responsibilities. This is despite a new program of Government scholarships and the existence of widespread university-level support schemes aimed at reducing student poverty. The proportion of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds who are enrolled at university has decreased, which raises concerns about a growing socioeconomic polarisation of Australian society. Current research in this area neglects the local-global link; unless student poverty is contextualised within the broader paradigm of neo-liberal globalisation, any action taken to combat it will be limited. By situating the micro-level experiences of student poverty within the current macro-level global political context, counter-movements can be better understood and enhanced, and alternatives can be developed. Through the example of a large-scale scholarships program for low-income students at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, this paper will highlight the link between the current global political climate and the micro-level experiences of student poverty. Alternatives to the current paradigm will be explored and developed through a holistic lens which brings into view the experiential as well as the global.

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ID Code: 10388
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Higher Education, Student Poverty, Globalisation, Neo, liberalism, Scholarships, Welfare, HERN
ISSN: 1833-1882
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Welfare Economics (140219)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Administrative Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (The Authors)
Copyright Statement: Permission to republish or reproduce should be sought from Common Ground.
Deposited On: 25 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:47

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