TAFE and SCU sign agreement
NORTH Coast students considering a university education now have increased opportunities due to a new articulation agreement signed by North Coast TAFE and Southern Cross University at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus.
The agreement builds on an existing Memorandum of Understanding between the two education organisations, which jointly addresses meeting education and training needs in a way that will support the development of the local economy, and the social and environmental well-being of the Mid North Coast and North Coast regions.
Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee said the articulation agreement delivers an undertaking to grant specific ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) to North Coast TAFE students who have gained a Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification.
“Anyone with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from North Coast TAFE will receive a very competitive ATAR ranking,” Professor Lee said.
“We have also agreed on clear advanced standing arrangements for North Coast TAFE qualifications, providing a clear pathway for students.”
Institute Director for North Coast TAFE, Elizabeth McGregor says the agreement identifies a minimum level of advanced standing for the three top TAFE NSW qualifications.
“Essentially, what that means is that North Coast TAFE students will be seen to have already successfully completed a certain number of units in a Southern Cross University degree in the same course area,” Ms McGregor said.
Professor Lee says that this means that Southern Cross University is providing graduates of NCTAFE programs at Certificate IV level and above with a six- to 18- month head start in the related university programs.
“This partnership will allow North Coast students even greater access to higher education opportunities, and will certainly contribute to developing a more highly qualified population in Australia,” Professor Lee said.