Uni boss re­sponds to fund­ing cuts

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

THE re­gion’s univer­sity cam­pus may be forced to cut nurs­ing en­rol­ments if the Fed­eral Govern­ment does not lift its fund­ing freeze.

Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast Vice Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Greg Hill yes­ter­day out­lined the grim fore­cast.

It fol­lows Wide Bay MP Llew O’Brien’s plea to his Can­berra col­leagues to re-think the de­ci­sion.

“USC has un­der­taken a se­ries of op­er­at­ing changes to en­sure its teach­ing, re­search and stu­dent sup­port are un­com­pro­mised by the fund­ing freeze,” Prof Hill said.

“How­ever, the freeze at 2017 lev­els poses some dif­fi­cult chal­lenges for the Fraser Coast cam­pus, which USC took over from USQ in 2016.

“USC is re­ceiv­ing fed­eral fund­ing for only two of its three year lev­els at the cam­pus, which cur­rently has around 620 stu­dents. Due to this sit­u­a­tion, the univer­sity is re­ceiv­ing no Com­mon­wealth fund­ing for 100 stu­dents en­rolled in de­grees at the cam­pus. Ad­di­tion­ally, USC is en­tirely fund­ing an­other 100 stu­dents to al­low them to com­plete its Ter­tiary Prepa­ra­tion Pro­gram.

“Depend­ing on de­mand for places, USC may have to con­sider in­tro­duc­ing quo­tas for se­mes­ter 2 en­rol­ments at its Fraser Coast cam­pus in some high-cost pro­grams.”

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