Australian Catholic University (ACU) continues to shine, receiving the maximum five-star rating for Indigenous participation in the 2012 Good Universities Guide.
This rating reflects ACU as a strong performer in the areas outlined by its Mission and key values. There are more than 370 Indigenous students studying at ACU, across all five faculties. Many of the courses they are enrolled in have been developed specifically to meet the educational and career needs of Indigenous students – such as the Associate Degree in Indigenous Education, and the Bachelor of Midwifery (Indigenous).
Flexible courses are also available, allowing students to live and work in their own communities, and come to Sydney only four weeks a year for face-to-face lectures.
Last year, the University was one of the first in Australia to introduce Indigenous staff research scholarships, in a bid to facilitate valued Indigenous contribution to learning, research and community engagement.
The Good Universities Guide rankings also demonstrated the satisfaction of ACU graduates – with the University receiving an impressive four stars for student demand, domestic teaching quality, getting a full-time job, and student-staff ratio.
Cultural diversity and access by equity groups were two other areas where ACU received high marks – with four and three stars respectively.
ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said he was pleased to see the University perform so well in categories highlighted by the Bradley Review into Higher Education – namely that 40 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds be university-educated by 2025.
“A significant, if not the main factor towards achieving this goal will be ensuring that all students have equitable access to higher education, and several programs at ACU have been designed specifically with this in mind,” he said.
“In light of our recent growth in student numbers, I am especially pleased that our significant investment has paid off, and the student-staff ratio has actually improved compared to last years’ rating.”