Arts of survival at Charles Sturt U

Charles Sturt U management worked hard to make a case for scrapping its arts and liberal studies degrees, but not hard enough to convince themselves.

Back in September CSU announced the degrees, plus staff had to go. Student numbers are dropping, grant success “is relatively low” and, “with a lack of regional or work integrated focus the BA does not target the ‘Fit me for a job’ segment.”  Nor could the university compete with other universities on subject range, a comprehensive report stated.

But all the evidence wasn’t enough with CSU confirming yesterday the degrees would stay.

CSU says that following consultation and feedback on the proposal, the university has withdrawn the change proposal.”  The campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union says “a sustained campaign” by members did it.


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