Āwhina Revolution: A Bayesian Analysis of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Completion Rates from a Program for Māori and Pacific Success in STEM Disciplines

Ken Richardson, Zaramasina Clark, Michael Gaines, Hautahi Kingi, Sonja Miller, Willie Pearson, Liz Richardson

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Māori and Pacific students generally do not attain the same levels of tertiary success as New Zealanders of European descent, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Te Rōpū Āwhina (Āwhina), an equity initiative at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand between 1999 and 2015, aimed to produce Māori and Pacific professionals in STEM disciplines who contribute to Māori and Pacific community development and leadership. A hierarchical Bayesian approach was used to estimate posterior standardized completion rates for 3-year undergraduate and 2-year postgraduate degrees undertaken by non-Māori-Pacific and Māori-Pacific students. Results were consistent with an Āwhina effect, that is, Āwhina's positive influence on (combined) Māori and Pacific success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCBE life sciences education
Volume17
Issue number1
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StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

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Āwhina Revolution : A Bayesian Analysis of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Completion Rates from a Program for Māori and Pacific Success in STEM Disciplines. / Richardson, Ken; Clark, Zaramasina; Gaines, Michael; Kingi, Hautahi; Miller, Sonja; Pearson, Willie; Richardson, Liz.

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Richardson, Ken ; Clark, Zaramasina ; Gaines, Michael ; Kingi, Hautahi ; Miller, Sonja ; Pearson, Willie ; Richardson, Liz. / Āwhina Revolution : A Bayesian Analysis of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Completion Rates from a Program for Māori and Pacific Success in STEM Disciplines. In: CBE life sciences education. 2018 ; Vol. 17, No. 1.
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