“Performance measures are of course important to a university, and the University of Southern Queensland already holds itself to high standards.
“The University of Southern Queensland is the number one university in Australia for graduate starting salary, and the number one university in Queensland for graduate employment.* We produce job-ready graduates and provide practical, high quality education to meet the needs of our regional communities.
“But in any conversation about university performance the specific challenges of regional universities must be taken into account. I thank the Federal Government for acknowledging these specific challenges and the need to avoid any one-size-fits-all approach.
“Regional universities have vital social and economic roles to play in maintaining the fabric of regional Australia.
By definition, universities must be aspirational. Already 24% of USQ students are first in family to attend university.
“As we continue this conversation, it is vital that we do not discourage or curtail pathways for regional Australians seeking new pathways and opportunities.”
*Good Universities Guide, 2019
USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie