Our impact

Our partner schools value the relationship developed with each individual school.

Impact in Schools

Principals, teachers and school support staff have provided very detailed information on their perceptions of the program through questionnaire surveys, focus groups and interviews. Overwhelmingly, schools acknowledge the value of the program and recognise its effectiveness:

  • 99 percent report the Aspire UWA program is valued by their school.
  • 97 percent are satisfied or highly satisfied with the quality and the range of the activities offered by Aspire UWA.
  • 96 percent agree that Aspire UWA is a very effective program.

Achieving cultural change in schools to raise expectations of high academic performance and normalise the goal of higher education is challenging, however in a recent partner school survey, school staff identified marked improvements in attitudes to higher education that they attributed to Aspire UWA’s influence.

The positive endorsements of school partners prove that the Aspire UWA team is delivering a highly effective program, valued and respected by its partners. Cultural change requires long-term engagement and it is vital to sustain the program to see the cumulative effect over time.

Impact on university enrolment and retention

Aspire UWA is already achieving higher transfer rates to university. In 2013 the number of students graduating from one of the original 25 Aspire UWA partner schools who enrolled at a Western Australian university increased by 18% with enrolments at UWA increasing by 36%. Once here, Aspire UWA students at UWA are enjoying levels of success that are comparable to or better than the University average.

The University’s investment in the Aspire program is reflected in the good performance of students from Aspire schools, which has been at least comparable with the students from other schools, even though students from Aspire schools have lower median ATARs than students from other schools. For example, Aspire students have had first-year retention rates equivalent or higher than other students; 92% versus 88% for the students commencing in 2010, 88% for both groups for the 2011 cohort and 90% versus 86% for the 2012 cohort.Mission-Based Compact for The University of Western Australia for 2011-2013