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Graduates give Southern Cross University four-star rating


Brigid Veale SCU communications manager
16 August 2006
Southern Cross University has received a four-star overall graduate rating and a four-star rating for graduate satisfaction in the 2007 Good Universities Guide.

“This is a terrific result for Southern Cross University and reflects our commitment to providing quality courses and meeting the diverse needs of our students,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Clark said.

The Good Universities Guide is an independent consumer guide which provides ratings for all of Australia’s higher education institutions over a number of categories.

The annual guide says that ‘what it lacks in tradition, Southern Cross University makes up for with energy, confidence and accessibility’.

The University achieved the top five-star rating in the areas of entry flexibility and Indigenous participation, and four-star ratings in the areas of generic skills, graduate satisfaction and overall graduate rating.

It also performed well in the areas of research intensivity, teaching quality, staff-student ratios, international enrolments, cultural diversity and proportion given credit for TAFE studies.

Campuses at Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Tweed Gold Coast and Port Macquarie were rated three stars for ‘toughness to get in’, reflecting the growing demand for courses in all those regions.

Professor Clark said the ratings were continuing to improve each year.

“We pride ourselves on high quality, flexible and innovative courses and that is demonstrated through these ratings. It is particularly pleasing to see the excellent participation rates for Indigenous students, which is a credit to the Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples,” Professor Clark said.

“We are a relatively young institution, but our research profile is increasing each year and we are continuing to attract students from around the country and overseas.”