Murdoch Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Gary Martin, said that the table was a useful tool for students who were considering applying to Murdoch.
“Although final ATARs for individual Murdoch courses will not be confirmed until early January 2011, the table provides useful information for prospective students who are often unsure of the extent to which course entry ranks might fluctuate from year to year,” Professor Martin said.
“A broad entry rank band is provided for each Murdoch undergraduate course.”
Professor Martin said the table demonstrated that some students who previously thought they would not be able to gain entry onto certain Murdoch courses may in fact find it is possible.
“Murdoch has reviewed its entry ranks in light of the Commonwealth Government’s drive for Australia to have more university-educated students by 2020,” he said.
“Two participation targets have been set by the Federal Government. One target is that 40 per cent of 25 to 34 year olds will have a Bachelor’s degree by 2025. Australia’s current statistic is 29 per cent.
“The second target relates to participation in higher education by students from low socio-economic status backgrounds, with the Federal Government setting a target of 20 per cent of all enrolments of this nature by 2020.
“In light of these Federal policy initiatives, we have lowered our entry scores in courses where our existing infrastructure will allow additional demand.”
Murdoch University has already achieved a result of 17 per cent for participation in higher education from students from low SES backgrounds against a State figure of 11.5 per cent and a sector-wide figure of 16 per cent.
“We aim to meet and exceed the Federal Government targets,” said Professor Martin.
Professor Martin said that the indicative entry ranks table would allow students to set targets for their own study to meet University entrance requirements at Murdoch.
“Students will have an opportunity to discuss their options for course entry at our Open Your Mind Day this Sunday, 22 August 2010, from 10am.
“Later in the year we will also be launching a range of new student support programs to assist all students to achieve their learning goals while studying at Murdoch,” he said.
“And of course, for those Year 12 students who will not have an ATAR by the start of semester next year, there are a range of alternative entry paths which prospective students might consider.”