Avondale’s registration as an Australian university came on the day the revised Higher Education Standards Framework legislative began. The framework incorporates the 2019 review of Provider Category Standards.
Becoming a university also strengthens Avondale’s ability to provide high-quality, research-informed learning experiences. Avondale is a leader in delivering strong student outcomes, with national surveys showing levels of satisfaction and rates of employment that rank Avondale among the best higher education providers in Australia.
The announcement was welcomed with “a deep sense of gratitude for the opportunity to bring further diversity to the sector, which will benefit students,” said Avondale Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Kevin Petrie.
Avondale received high praise from the Minister for Education and Youth, the Hon. Alan Tudge MP.
“It’s an outstanding accomplishment to be registered as an Australian University and I look forward to seeing the valuable contribution Avondale will make to student outcomes, research quality and greater community,” the Minister said.
TEQSA also congratulated Avondale for achieving the requirements under the revised Higher Education Standards Framework.
“Our decision recognises Avondale’s commitment to student outcomes, its significant research progress and Avondale’s contributions to the communities it serves,” said Professor Peter Coaldrake, TEQSA Chief Commissioner.
Established in 1897, Avondale is a member of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist system of universities and colleges and has graduated more than 12,000 students who serve largely in people-helping professions.
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