Uni scores low marks in guide
By JAMIE BROWN
SOUTHERN Cross University has earned low marks for its ability to send young graduates out to good pasture. But ask the students if they feel cheated and they mostly reply 'no way!'
Hobson's 16th edition of The Good Universities Guide has given SCU just one star out of five for its ability to farm young graduates out to full-time work within four months of leaving school. It gave the university the same low score based on the wages its graduates receive when they do start working.
But when it comes to making the tertiary education experience an enjoyable one, SCU scored four out of five stars. Newcastle Uni, by comparison, scored just one star.
Teachers in training, Mark Platt of Evans Head, and Mel Ensby of Alstonville, readily admit their learning experience is enhanced by the great social atmosphere on the Lismore campus.
"The uni bar is my favourite place," admits Mark. But they are also impressed by their curriculum, which has an emphasis on practical experience right from the start.
Lecturers also received students' praise for being personal and offering one-on-one time.
Anna Jackson, a graduate of Murwillumbah High now living at Byron, recently transferred from the University of Queensland to SCU to get out of the city.
She noticed a big difference in the amount of resources available to students.
"You go to the library and there are only two books on a subject available to the whole school," she said. "And there is not such a focus on high achievement. The lecturers pretty much leave it up to the students.
"But, they are friendly here and more likely to help than at bigger universities."
Human movement student Tanya Mitchell, of Evans Head, reckons her education experience is second-to-none. "Lecturers go completely out of their way to help," she said.