Annual Report 1991 Department of Education
Tabled Paper 1288
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
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1991 BATCHELOR COLLEGE Following the significant restructuring of Batchelor College during the previous year, 1991 was a period of consolidation in which the benefits of the changes became increasingly apparent in the more effective support the college's management and administration were able to bring to bear on academic programs. After an extensive process of consultation and review, the college council adopted by-laws and a staff selection and recruitment policy, providing an important basis for the college's increasing autonomy and functioning as a higher education institution. During the year, the college attracted national and international attention for its innovative approaches to tertiary education for traditionally-oriented Aboriginal people from remote communities. In particular, reports from UNESCO and the Aboriginal Black Deaths in Custody Royal Commission, as well as Young People's Participation in Post Compulsory Education and Training (the 'Finn Report'), drew attention to the college's significant achievements in this area. In addition, the college attracted a number of visitors with interests in Aboriginal education and the delivery of tertiary education programs to remote communities, including the Pakistan Mobile Training Team whose visit was arranged by the NT Consortium for the Asia and Pacific Program of Education Administration for Innovation. During 1991, enrolments reached 750, equivalent to more than 550 full-time student units. Of these, 24 students began the Associate Diploma in Applied Science (Land, Parks and Wildlife Management), a course developed in conjunction with Charles Sturt University to provide Aboriginal people with recognised qualifications in environmental management. More than 220 students qualified for Statements of Attainment, Certificates, Associate Diplomas and Diplomas. Among them were the college's first six graduates to gain the Associate Diploma in Applied Science (Broadcasting and Journalism); two received the Diploma of Teaching; two were awarded the Diploma of Education (Adult); and five earned the Associate Diploma in Business (Community Management). A further 37 graduates were awarded the Associate Diploma in Teaching (Aboriginal Schools). Course development continued in response to the high demand from Aboriginal people for recognised and accredited courses. This included ongoing work on a Diploma in Health Studies program designed to give Aboriginal health workers the opportunity to enhance their qualifications to the equivalent of three years of higher education, while development began on a range of human services courses in the areas of recreation and youth work, community work and substance abuse counselling. A Diploma in Early Childhood (Childcare and Preschool Teaching) program was prepared for accreditation and is expected to be offered during the second semester of 1992. The Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics developed a Diploma 13
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