Australian Career Colleges to Offer Degrees

October 10, 2006

Private Colleges in Australia are competing with universities to offer bachelor and masters degrees, spurring vocational colleges to upgrade themselves as well, to qualify for federal student loans. In the past seven years, the number of private colleges registered as “higher education providers” has doubled from 86 to about 150. Australian universities are responding to the heightened competition by slashing unprofitable courses and concentrating on profitable ones. The University of Sydney has already dropped undergraduate Nursing, and predicts “that public universities are going to be under increasing pressure to ape some of these private providers.” (See article from the Sydney Morning Herald at http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/vocational-colleges-compete-with-unis-for-degrees/2006/10/04/1159641392795.html )