Journal article

The Relationship between Demographic Factors and Adjustment to University for Mature-Age, Undergraduate Students

L Dawborn-Gundlach

Journal of Education and Social Policy | Center for Promoting Ideas | Published : 2018


It is important that all students who enrol in tertiary institutions can complete their chosen course. A smooth transition is critical in ensuring that the initial experience of university is positive and that students adjust well to the academic, social and personal demands of tertiary study. Some issues of adjustment affect all first-year students, while some are specific to certain demographic groups. Older students may have extra responsibilities and demands on their time, which can have a negative impact on their university adjustment. The experience of transition and ultimate adjustment of ‘non-school leavers’ or ‘mature-age students’, those who do not enter university directly from sc..

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