12 August 2009: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has achieved a number of coveted 'five-star' performance ratings in the 2010 edition of The Good Universities Guide.
The University performed particularly well in the area of indigenous participation, with four out of the six campuses receiving the highest ratings in their individual states for this category. Similarly, the University performed strongly in the areas of access and equity and proportion given credit for TAFE studies.
ACU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven, said he was delighted to see the University perform so well in categories highlighted by the recent Bradley Review into Higher Education - which proposed that 40 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds be university-educated by 2025.
“A significant factor towards achieving this goal will be ensuring that all students have equitable access to higher education,” he said. “Two of our newest programs were created specifically with this in mind.
“The Early Achievers’ Program recognises the achievements and community contributions made by prospective students, and the accessACU program is a bonus entry scheme for students living in rural or disadvantaged areas, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, or those who have demonstrated significant achievements in subjects relevant to their chosen course.
“Providing the opportunity for higher education, regardless of background or beliefs, is also aligned with the University’s Mission to foster and advance knowledge, and make a specific contribution to its local, national and international communities.”
The Brisbane Campus was given five stars for indigenous participation and proportion given credit for TAFE studies, and four stars for access by equity, staff qualifications and student-staff ratio.
The North Sydney and Strathfield campuses were give five stars for indigenous participation and four stars for staff qualifications, student demand, access and equity and cultural diversity.
The Canberra Campus was given five stars for indigenous participation and proportion given credit for TAFE studies, and four stars for access and equity, cultural diversity, student-staff ratio and student demand.
The Melbourne Campus was given four stars for student-staff ratio.
The 2010 Good Universities Guide can be purchased from most newsagents.