ACU a five-star performer in Good Universities Guide

Thursday, 16 August 2007

16 August 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has once again achieved a number of coveted 'five-star' performance ratings in the 2008 edition of The Good Universities Guide, released this week.

The 16th annual guide, published by Hobsons, is described as Australia’s definitive guide to university performance and an essential tool for anyone deciding ‘where and what’ to study.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO said he was delighted to see the University perform so highly across several categories.

“ACU regularly achieves five-star ratings in The Good Universities Guide and this year is no exception,” Professor Sheehan said.

“However, I am particularly pleased that this year’s Guide not only recognises ACU’s supportive and nurturing learning environment, but also the University’s ability to produce graduates of the highest order: graduates who think critically, are guided by social justice principles and are highly sought after in the job market.”

Professor Sheehan said each of ACU’s six campuses had achieved five-star ratings in an impressive four categories:

• ACU’s NSW and ACT campuses – the North Sydney Campus (MacKillop), Strathfield Campus (Mount St Mary) and Canberra Campus (Signadou) – were given five stars for Entry Flexibility, Graduate Employment, Positive Graduate Outcomes and Staff Qualifications.

• The Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s) and Ballarat Campus (Aquinas) in Victoria achieved five stars for Entry Flexibility, Graduate Employment, Student-Staff Ratio and Positive Graduate Outcomes.

• The Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) was given five stars for Graduate Employment, Indigenous Participation, Positive Graduate Outcomes and Staff Qualifications.

Ratings in The Good Universities Guide are based on information obtained from the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training and results of the national Graduate Destinations Surveys. The Guide is independent of universities and government.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.