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Annual Report 2003 Charles Darwin University



Annual Report 2003 Charles Darwin University

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Academic Review ANNUAL REPORT 2003 23 Key Outcomes Student Population For the VET sector the measure of load is Actual Hours Curriculum (AHC), which, as indicated in the statistics section below, has remained relatively constant over the last triennium at over 2.2 million AHC. Students can vary in the intensity of their study and this is taken account of in the Higher Education sector by measuring student load, expressed in terms of equivalent full-time student units or EFTSU. As illustrated below the total EFTSU was the second highest recorded in recent years. The University easily exceeded the operating target set by the Department of Education Science and Training for Commonwealth funded enrolments of 2570 EFTSU, with an operating load result of 2704 EFTSU. 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 operating pg operating ug other 200320022001200019991998 Year EF TS U Student load The natural catchment area for the University has a strong representation of students from equity target groups and in 2003 participation and/or access increased for Higher Education students from low socioeconomic status, non-English speaking background, isolated areas and of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. The representation of Indigenous Australians among VET students remains high and much closer to their proportional representation in the Northern Territory than among Higher Education students. Female students are in the majority among both VET and Higher Education students, especially the latter. Program diversity The University continues to offer diverse programs across a range of levels: in the case of the VET sector from Certifi cate I to Advanced Diploma with most enrolments at Certifi cate II and Certifi cate III. For Higher Education, programs are offered from predegree to doctorates by research, with most students studying for Bachelor degrees. Enrolment at this level is trending upwards, along with students in enabling programs and higher degrees by research. The University offers Higher Education programs over 11 main fi elds of education listed below. Agriculture Environmental & Related Studies (AE) Architecture & Building (AB) Creative Arts (CA) Education (ED) Engineering & Related Technologies (ET) Health (HE) Information Technology (IT) Management & Commerce (MC) Mixed Field Programmes (MF) Natural & Physical Sciences (NP) Society & Culture (SC) None(those in miscellaneous programs) As illustrated in the fi gure below, over the past triennium the proportion of students studying in education, health and mixed fi eld programs has increased, while the proportion of students in the fi elds of information technology, management and commerce and natural and physical sciences has decreased. 0 5 10 15 20 25 SC NP MF MC IT HE ET ED CA AB AE Proportion of Students by Field of Education Teaching And Learning