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New rank demonstrates quality of Southern Cross degrees


Sharlene King
5 June 2018

Southern Cross University programs and graduate outcomes have been rated above the national average in key areas for student experience, graduate satisfaction and graduate employment.

The University outperformed many metropolitan universities in the latest Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) data, recently released by the Federal Government.

The University’s acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Susan Nancarrow, said the results demonstrated that regional universities delivered a crucial role in bringing quality education to regional Australia.

“Southern Cross graduates are reporting above-average starting salaries, high levels of satisfaction with our teaching quality and a strong appreciation of the extra support that we make available,” Professor Nancarrow said.

“The dedication of our staff and the University’s commitment to engaging with employers and communities across regional Australia are resulting in outstanding independent ratings.

“More importantly, these ratings provide even more evidence that our programs deliver outstanding outcomes that are valued by graduates.”

Southern Cross was ranked above the national average for teaching quality, student support and skills development in the latest QILT reports, which are drawn from surveys of student satisfaction.

The University was also ranked above the national average for both graduate satisfaction and median salaries for graduates.

Southern Cross has also been ranked amongst the top 500 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE World University Rankings). THE rankings for 2018 list Southern Cross in the 401-500 alongside a number of other Australian universities such as RMIT University, Western Sydney University, Murdoch University and Swinburne University of Technology.

“The innovative work by staff and students engaged in research at Southern Cross has ensured that we are a truly world-class university, offering opportunities across a broad range of fields,” Professor Nancarrow said.

“We are delighted to see so many students recognising the value of a Southern Cross education, seeking more information about our courses at our mid-year roadshows across the region this week.”

A broad range of information sessions are being offered to prospective students in person and online this month to help meet demand for degrees being offered by Southern Cross – with strong demand for the mid-year intake, starting in July.

Professor Nancarrow said the strong QILT data underscored the strengths of Southern Cross across many disciplines, including business, law and education – just to name a few.

“It is wonderful when independent reports confirm the excellence of our staff and students – and the outstanding outcomes that our graduates are achieving,” Professor Nancarrow said.