The Cairns Post
Degree of concern over unqualified uni course
A FURIOUS Townsville financial services firm partner has called on James Cook University to compensate students who undertook a degree that was not approved.
JCU said students were advised the course was not accredited when they started it and that the university was working with the standards body to have it accredited. It remained unclear whether accreditation could be applied retrospectively.
My Fortress Townsville, which provides financial advice, accounting and finance broking services and employs about 20 JCU graduates, said the situation was unacceptable. “As a local business which employs five or more JCU graduates every year, we feel betrayed,” My Fortress partner Ian Bowrey said.
But a JCU spokesman said students were advised the course was not accredited when they entered it.
“That status was again confirmed with students last year and students were provided with an update on the accreditation process,” he said. “The course was offered on the basis that JCU would work to secure accreditation, not that accreditation had been secured.”