Murdoch’s enrolments largely unaffected by half cohort

February 11, 2015

Students on Bush Court Open DayWith about one third less students graduating this year from high school due to the “half-cohort” all universities were expecting a drop in enrolments however Murdoch University’s results, at this early stage, were better than forecast.

Across the state applications from Western Australian Certificate of Education students (the half cohort) are down by 31.6 per cent compared to last year.

Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Taggart said offers made for undergraduate courses through the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) are down only 15 per cent compared to this time last year.

“Given that this year is a half-cohort year for school leavers, who form the majority of the TISC applications, the drop is less than expected,” said Professor Taggart.

“On another positive note, it’s becoming clear that domestic undergraduate applications have been largely unaffected by the Federal Government’s controversial higher education proposals.”

Murdoch University has seen an increase in popularity in OnTrack, an enabling program that provides an alternative entry pathway into University for those that have not qualified through TISC.

“It’s really pleasing to see more students enrolling in OnTrack as the University has long been committed to enabling students from all walks of life to realise their aspirations of studying at university,” Professor Taggart said.

OnTrack applications have more than doubled from the same time last year, thanks to the new OnTrack Sprint program.  OnTrack Sprint, now in week 3, is an intensive, four-week preparatory program allowing students who didn’t receive a high enough ATAR to get a second chance of qualifying for university.

Postgraduate courses seeing an increase in popularity include the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education up 19.5 per cent, the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education up 21.1 per cent and the Master of Counselling up 141.7 per cent.

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