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University learning has become such a diverse aspect in many peoples lives as students come from all walks of life in an attempt to better themselves their families and their lives Jones 2013 suggests that university is a culture and to define culture is somewhat difficult but Useem 1963 defines it as the learned and shared behavior of a community of interacting human beings 1963 169 Using Useems definition of culture I believe the main attribute of university culture is diversity because the learning areas studied languages and life experiences of university students is so diverse Northedge 2003 Bizzell 1986 and Vivekananda and Shores 1996 can be used as great examples to understand the diversity of university culture whilst Jones 2013 can be used to explain university as a culture However when looking at diversity in the context of university culture like any other certain aspects can become issues of division among students and staff on campusThe staff and students collectively make up a culture and create a vibrant and busy atmosphere when on campus It is the act of being on campus making friends and studying something that interests us that creates a sense of excitement and belonging Jones 2013 Decades prior however saw study areas and admission to university education to be an elite domain allowing only traditional students in Northedge 2003 17 With the help of varied entry pathways admissions tests and FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP the possibility of studying at a higher educational level became possible for those who may not have finished their senior years of high school or had family commitments to tend to It is life events such as these that have previously prevented students from entering university and with such exceptions coming to light more and more students are entering university However with varying educational backgrounds expectations and levels of preparedness higher educational institutions are beginning to diversify their programs Northedge 2003 in order to fit the
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