26 September 2006

ANU slashes the entry scores

| johnboy
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Bad News ANUSs!

The Canberra Times is reporting that the snob value is going to take a hit with entry cores being slashed across the board as Uni’s nationwide come to grips with declining enrollments.

ANU vice-chancellor Professor Ian Chubb will announce today a scheme to cut entry scores by eight points for eight general arts, business and science degrees, guaranteeing all applicants with a Universities Admission Index of 75 or above a spot.

From next year the university will also relax cut-off scores for two specialised degrees and extend an entry “guarantee” for three, in engineering, Asian studies and medical science.

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Apparently Chubb explained the reasons at an ANU general meeting a couple of weeks ago, and it comes down to a problem with the rules about federal funding. If they underestimate enrolments they lose money, if they overestimate enrolments they lose money. The end result is that required scores can be expected to change every year. (These scores are still higher than they were in 2003, IIRC.)

Students enrolling at UC will get 5 bonus UAI points!
Read about it here

I guess that “Prestigious” label must be wearing thin if applications are shrinking to the point that they have to lower the scores to keep the money flowing 🙂

A Degree, Cap’n Kirk, is what we superior ANU types get.
Elsewhere, they are known as degrees… 🙂

Yes, I too am appalled by this turn of events, but I guess it was better than the other option of becoming The McDonalds/Pizza Hut/Caltex/Optus Australia National University.

And there was I thinking you’d graduated from the Cricket Academy, Thumper!

James-T-Kirk10:05 am 26 Sep 06

What’s a Degree?

I guess the sign above the dunny roll in the UC engineering building bathroom that said “ANU arts degrees, please take one” was correct after all.

James-T-Kirk9:51 am 26 Sep 06

Oh, sorry. Isn’t that what the Arts student typically asks the Engineering student?

James-T-Kirk9:50 am 26 Sep 06

Do you want fries with that?

I shall return my Degree forthwith – as well as the blue bogroll container in which it was presented to me.

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