The Australian | 21 November 2012
As foreshadowed in its strategy statement in September, Victoria University has confirmed its intention to overhaul its traditional pathway programs by redesigning its qualifications into an integrated or seamless line rather than having separately-designed single qualifications.
According to pro-vice chancellor teaching and learning, Margaret Mazzolini, it will mean that instead of students having to navigate pathways and transfers, it will happen without the students knowing.
The cornerstone of VU’s “blue print” for curriculum reform over the next three-to-five years is the creation of low-ATAR entry Career-Start bachelor degrees from 2014.
These are designed partly to attract directly into degrees those students who instead would have normally pursued vocational courses such as diplomas.
It is part of VU’s strategy to boost its finances in the wake of state government cuts to its TAFE operations and the Commonwealth’s cap on the supply of places for sub-degree programs.
Students enrolled in one of the broad Career Start degrees will be able to exit after one year with a diploma if they choose, or after two years with an associate degree. Those students performing well enough will also be able to transfer into VU’s professional degrees.