ONYA MUM : Shari Jade, would rather travel to Kelvin Grove than stay in Caboolture as a USC student.
ONYA MUM : Shari Jade, would rather travel to Kelvin Grove than stay in Caboolture as a USC student. Luke Simmonds

QUT students in dark as takeover looms

MUM of six Shari Jade says she'd rather travel 50 minutes into the city and severely handicap herself than transfer to a University of the Sunshine Coast degree.

Two months ago, USC announced it would be taking over the Caboolture Queensland University of Technology campus by January 1, 2018.

It said it would honour all students' current credits and continue providing existing courses from the site, but for Bellmere resident, Shari, it's not that simple.

She has three options: remain a QUT student but transfer to Kelvin Grove campus; remain a QUT student and finish the remainder of her Bachelor of Nursing with eight USC units, or finally, become a USC student and add an extra semester onto her degree.

"I've thought about it thoroughly and I'm going to have to go to Kelvin Grove as a mum of six,” she said.

"(If I stayed at the Caboolture campus) I'd have to learn a new way of referencing for USC units and the way they've taught me to do assignments might not be the same.

" I've got a high GPA as it is and I'd hate to see it brought down because of that.

"(Future employers) interview the people with the highest GPA and then go by personality.”

Fellow second-year nursing student Tahlia Lesleighter said the takeover has made her question whether she'll finish her degree at all.

"If they had the answers it'd be a much better process. The fact they don't know yet is frustrating,” she said.

"Everyone's focused on where you are going. Every class, every tutorial, every lecture, it's all people talk about.”

QUT has been holding fortnightly forums to answer students' anxieties, but last Sunday was the first time USC has held a session since the announcement in June.

USC vice-chancellor said he wasn't aware of such anxieties, but would work to answer all questions.

"We're committed to delivering at least the same programs QUT offered, and are looking at what additional programs we can also offer from next year,” he said.

"We're working closely with QUT to ensure a smooth transition.”

A QUT spokeswoman said specific subjects units could vary under USC.

"Assignments and other work required in order for subject units to be completed are set by individual universities but are in line with national teaching and learning standards,” she said.

Contact QUT on 5316 7402 or email caboolture@qut.edu .au for more info.


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