4,445 students have been offered a place to study at Victoria University this year. We are looking forward to welcoming our new students and introducing them to the joys of student life now that the long wait is over and their future directions are becoming clear.
At Victoria University this year's offers reflect what is a very competitive tertiary environment now that the Federal Government's student-demand-driven system is in full swing.
The new system introduced in 2012 means that the Government removed caps and universities are able to enrol as many qualified students as they can accommodate. The student demand for places has accelerated beyond expectations. Increased demand means a wider range of ATAR scores can now access university, including at Victoria University where courses including law and business have seen lower entrance scores gaining direct entry.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Students at Victoria University, Professor Anne Jones said, "As more students participate in higher education the flow on effect is that, for many courses, ATAR entrance scores – a comparative ranking score – will get lower. The up side of this is that students who may previously not have had the opportunity to study subjects such as law may now have that opportunity.
"However the story of tertiary education is much more complex than an ATAR score and government policy. We will be focusing on the capabilities that students acquire during tertiary education, rather than the scores they need to get into courses.
"If the new system is meeting its goals, Australia will become a nation that has educational institutions that assist students from many different kinds of backgrounds to achieve a good degree, whatever their starting point and there are many starting points other than ATAR scores."
Professor Jones said, "Many new students are likely to come from non-traditional university entrance backgrounds – they will not necessarily be 18 year-old school leavers with relatively high ATARs."
Victoria University has long been committed to providing access for non-traditional students and has worked hard to provide support programs for students while they are studying so that they will be successful.
Professor Jones said, "We should not assume that such students are somehow incapable of attaining the skills and knowledge associated with a degree. Universities are not dumbing down the system by encouraging more people into study but we will need to work hard to ensure that more people succeed.
"A greater diversity of learners means that many of them will need more support in order to succeed, particularly during the crucial first-year transition into tertiary studies. We are developing innovative course designs and teaching methods to ensure that these diverse students attain the mix of skills and knowledge they need to earn quality degrees."
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