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ACU supports uni reform proposals


Australian Catholic University's vice-chancellor is backing changes to tertiary education which could result in higher student fees, but students say fees are already high enough.

The Catholic Leader reports that Professor Peter Sheehan said that as a member of the Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee (AVCC) he supported the proposed framework which comprised multiple options and choices for universities.

"I would not like to pull back from the fees issue but the problem for ACU would be if we came in on fee income we would need to balance it with out mission obligations.

"We would have to make some kind of mission related decision such as scholarships for disadvantaged students to operate in parallel."

Prof. Sheehan said at the moment there is a gap betwen the cost of delivering good education outcomes and the funds flowing into the system.

He said the AVCC had presented Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson with a submission with about eight options which would provoide greater diversitiy within the university system.

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Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee
Australian Catholic University

SOURCE
Catholic Leader



4 Jul 2002