CCS Western’s new undergraduate degree programme will not only allow students to study the arts at the top of the academic ladder but also provide a path for those with an interest in social and political movements.
The university said in a statement on Tuesday that it had “made a significant investment” in undergraduate programmes to ensure that “students are educated in their respective disciplines, with the full support of the Department of Communication, Media, and Entertainment”.
According to the university, students who enrol in a degree programme can then study the courses through the university’s own accredited online degree programmes.CCS West, founded in 1996, has a wide range of undergraduate programmes including the College of Communication and Media and the College for Creative Studies, as well as the Bachelor of Fine Arts.
“We have a strong commitment to creating a world-class degree and a wide breadth of programmes, which will prepare our students for their future work,” said the university.
The announcement came just days after CCS-West said it was suspending its new undergraduate programme, which had been due to start on July 1.
The move came after a review of its undergraduate programmes, with a new assessment of the quality of its teaching and the potential for further improvements in areas such as curriculum, course content, teaching style and support.
The college was already on a wait-list for a new undergraduate course to be added to its online degree programme.
Cases of students failing to pass an exam due to academic reasons were common, but the new review found that the problem was exacerbated by students not knowing what to study.
The review was conducted by the Centre for Educational Assessment and Evaluation, a research centre based in Canberra, and led by former Australian Federal Police commissioner Peter Saunders.
The colleges review, which examined the colleges undergraduate programme from January 2017 to March 2018, found that students did not know the subject they wanted to study in the first place.
In the course of the review, CCSWest had identified three main areas that were the most problematic in terms of students’ understanding of the subject matter of their course: political and social movements; cultural issues such as feminism and multiculturalism; and a range of other issues such “cultural and social inclusion”.
“Our students are not prepared to take the time and energy required to learn the content and approach,” the university said.CWS Western is not the only university to suspend undergraduate programmes this year.
The University of Melbourne is also suspending the course it had been teaching until mid-March, after a report by the school found that more than 60 per cent of its students did no study beyond the fourth year of the program.