10 August 2010: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has received the highest rating for Indigenous Participation in The Good Universities Guide for 2011.
The University received the maximum five-star rating for Indigenous Participation, and an impressive four stars for Getting a Job after graduation, Student Demand, Staff Qualifications, Cultural Diversity and Access by Equity Groups.
Each year, The Good Universities Guide collects and collates information from graduate surveys and government data to independently rank Australian universities across 19 categories.
This year's guide commented that: “The University’s areas of strength include the disciplines of nursing and education. Students in this and many other disciplines have the opportunity to undertake work experience throughout their studies.”
“All courses place considerable emphasis on ethical and social issues and values.”
ACU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven, said he was delighted to see the University perform so well in categories highlighted by the 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 “Providing the opportunity for higher education, regardless of background or beliefs, is aligned with the University’s Mission to foster and advance knowledge, and make a specific contribution to its local, national and international communities.”
The Good Universities Guide for 2011 can be purchased from most newsagents.