Uni boss responds to funding cuts
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.”