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Australian Catholic University annual review 2008

A year in review

Highlights of 2008

The Vice-Chancellor’s reflections on significant events during the year include:

  • 2008 being an important year of transition for ACU with the institution in a favourable financial position, with strong working capital, to meet future challenges in the sector
  • the success of the University’s Early Achievers’ Program with more than 1,000 applicants and first-preference applications for 2009 increasing by an average of 26 per cent
  • recommendations from the Bradley Review of Higher Education, to which the University made a submission
  • establishment of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy
  • proposal to consider the feasibility of establishing a Faculty of Business in 2009
  • good progress with senior management restructure.

AUQA audit

The Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), the national agency that promotes, audits and reports on quality assurance in Australian higher education, reviewed the University for the second time in 2008.

The panel, chaired by Professor Charles Webb, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University, visited three campuses (Brisbane, North Sydney and Melbourne), spoke to 309 members of the University community and reviewed 169 documents.

The AUQA report was received by the University in December 2008, and is available on the AUQA website.

It included:

  • eight commendations (areas where we are doing well)
  • nine affirmations (areas that need improvement, but which we are already working on)
  • and seven recommendations (areas in which we need to make improvements).


2008 Early Achievers' Program
The Early Achievers’ Program

The University introduced an early entry scheme in 2008 for both school-leavers and non-school leavers, designed to recognise the wider achievements of applicants, including their community service and involvement and, in the case of non-school leavers, their employment experience.

School leavers who apply under the program are assessed on their demonstrated capacity for tertiary study before completion of their Year 12 studies. Non-school leavers are assessed on their potential for university study.

Successful applicants receive an early provisional offer of a place in their course of choice.

The success of this initiative was shown by the more than 1,000 applications in this, its first year.

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