Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tertiary Ministries

a Biblical thought...
He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful. So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth. (Job 5:15-16)

a Book thought...
William Booth when considering an appointment for a couple of twenty year-olds looked the boys up and down. "You are very young, but you will grow out of that!"
a Dave thought... from The Age
ABOUT one in three tertiary students seriously consider dropping out of their courses before graduation, according to a survey.
The finding from the Australian Council for Educational Research - based on a survey of 25,000 students from 29 Australian and New Zealand universities - underestimates the problem, because it does not include students who have already aborted their studies.

Students from remote backgrounds, those with disabilities, and international and indigenous students all reported higher-than-average intentions of leaving their studies before completion.
Students were more likely to consider leaving for practical or financial reasons than due to the quality of their course, the study found.

As we get closer to opening the doors at Glenferrie Outreach across the road from Swinburne University, the more we realise the growing amount of challenges that tertiary students face today. As more students fail to complete courses so does their ability to get employed and so the downward spiral continues for many. It would be great if the Salvos could have a presence at all universities across this territory. It is certainly an area the church in this country has ignored and a perfect fit for our denomination that believes in looking after physical needs as well as spiritual.

Just a thought.


Anonymous said...

Yes thanks for this posting! Your quote from the Age is relevant!

I am a full time single parent, and i have sacrificed full time work to study full time. Whilst my lecturers are very supportive and helpful, as much as they are able, there is no other support at uni at all.

I know i have only considered this week leaving uni and going back to work because its a hard road to walk. Rock and hard place situation.

Your input should be welcomed.

reader in tas

RJ said...

What's the plan to help with this?