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Achieving economic sustainability for niche social profession courses in the Australian higher education sector - a nationwide collaborative strategy

This Fellowship seeks to develop a nationwide collaborative strategy to improve economic sustainability and geographic availability of niche social profession courses. Niche courses in social professions meet specialist social needs in disability services, social gerontology, community mental health, and youth work. Small courses have become expensive for single institutions to offer, and availability of these important and valuable programs has declined despite continuing need for specialist graduates. To improve learning opportunities for students and achieve collaboration, the Fellow will work with colleagues and professional bodies through her national networks to:

  1. raise awareness of the need for urgent system-wide action;
  2. establish a network of colleagues to help resolve these challenges;
  3. work with these colleagues to find practical collaboration arrangements to improved availability of these courses;
  4. develop a nationwide collaborative strategy that will support other institutions to offer viable programs; and
  5. document successful strategies for consideration by other niche courses in Australian higher education.

Funding agency

Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching

Project duration

October 2016 - September 2017


Associate Professor Trudi Cooper

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