How first-year uni students could help solve the teacher shortage crisis
A new proposal has arisen to solve the teacher shortage crisis – embedding trainee teachers in classrooms six months into their training. Dr David Hastie provides the details on why this should be celebrated.
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Alphacrucis has been recognised as Australia's First Pentecostal University College
Alphacrucis College has been registered by the national tertiary accrediting body, TEQSA, as a University College. This decision makes Alphacrucis College only the fourth University College in Australia, the first Pentecostal higher education institution of this level in Australia’s history, and the only Pentecostal institution in the university-affiliated categories in the Asia-Pacific region.
Alphacrucis Wins University College Status After TEQSA Reversal
Alphacrucis College has been awarded university college status after a change of mind by the higher education regulator.
In a statement on Monday, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency said it had granted university college registration to Alphacrucis after receiving new evidence regarding the application.
Pentecostal Institution Wins Promotion to 'University College'
A Pentecostal college that has seen student enrolments grow fivefold in the past decade has won an appeal to be included in an elite group of education institutions able to use the title university college.
Alphacrucis College, based in Sydney’s Parramatta, appealed after its bid to become come a university college was rejected by the higher education regulator, and challenged the decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Alphacrucis has become Australia’s fourth university college.
University College Status is a Step Up for Alphacrucis College
This spirit of change is perhaps manifested most significantly in the recent recognition of the nation’s largest Protestant provider, Alphacrucis, as Australia’s first Pentecostal university college. I would argue that this new entrant into the sector is exactly the kind of disrupter that is needed to help the establishment awaken to new realities and opportunities.
Theology is a successful, highly industry engaged field of study
Here is a riddle guaranteed to baffle great minds in our universities, panels of experts advising the government on industry-university engagement, and challenge even the most knowledgeable of our higher education pundits.
Clue one: I am perhaps the most industry engaged discipline in Australian higher education.
Clue two: I receive substantial funding from my industry, but zero funding from the Australian Research Council over the past twenty years. In fact, pretty close to zero government funding from any source.
Clue three: A handful of entrepreneurial start-ups have made Australia a world leader and significant exporter in this previously moribund industry.
Clue four: This visibility on the world stage has brought significant numbers of overseas students in my discipline to Australia, from vocational education to PhD level.
Clue five: My industry operates in a variety of sites, including outer suburban warehouses to historic inner-city buildings.
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AC Awarded Grant to Partner with Mission Australia
Mission Australia’s statement reads:
We are thrilled to officially offer Alphacrucis the 5-year research partnership for Mission Australia’s new Community Chaplaincy Program.
Alphacrucis' Teaching HUB Model - NSW Budget Announcement
“The NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet recently announced that the Alphacrucis College would receive $2.9 million to expand our Hub model of teacher training across regional NSW. This incredible news is a recognition that new innovations are required to improve our education sector, and that tertiary institutions like Alphacrucis will play a key part going forward.
Royal Honour for AC Alumnus, Reverend Iliafi Talotusitusi Esera
AC graduate of the Master of Leadership, Reverend Iliafi Talotusitusi Esera, has been honoured as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the Samoan community and Christian ministry. Rev Esera is the General Superintendent of New Zealand AOG and the Senior Pastor of Faith City Church in Whanganui.
Church Community Restoration Project
On Monday 22nd February, Alphacrucis College facilitated the ‘Church Community Restoration Project’. The project was essentially a joint letter signed by a range of faith-based social service organisations committing to post-COVID support, as well as a Parliamentary roundtable event.
Private Schools to Train Their Own Teachers with New Classroom Cadetship
Sydney Morning Herald article on the Teaching School Alliance Sydney (TSAS), a unique program of teacher training that Alphacrucis runs, in partnership with St. Andrew's Cathedral School, The Scots College, William Clarke College, Inaburra School and Blue Mountains Grammar School.