13 September 2012
In a revised strategy statement , released to staff on 12 September, Victoria University (VU) outlines its plans to create a suite of broad “Career Start” bachelor degrees pitched at students with Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks below VU’s minimum of 50:
….from 2014 onwards, in addition to our Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor Science and our range of professional degrees, [we will] have a small suite of Career Start Bachelor Degrees to provide the foundations that undergraduate students, who may not have been high achievers hitherto, will need for their future careers…It is anticipated that there will be four or five of these degrees that will probably include a Bachelor of Business, a Bachelor of Technology, and a Bachelor of Community Services. Consistent with the Australian Government’s policy to raise participation in higher education and bring in cohorts of students that have previously not entered bachelor degrees, these degrees will be widely accessible and designed to support success. Students will be accepted on the basis of their potential to complete a degree even if they need significant additional learning support especially in the early stages of their undergraduate studies.
VU will also offer a larger suite of Professional Bachelor Degrees, and Professional Masters Degrees aimed at supporting more specific career pathways and career development, in areas such as teaching, nursing, paramedicine, osteopathy, biomedical science, engineering, accounting, finance, logistics, enterprise resource planning, tourism, and hospitality, sport science and exercise physiology. Higher levels of prior achievement will be required for entry into these degrees but students who perform well in the Career Start Bachelor Degrees will be able to transfer to them.