Please support the Department of Mathematics and Computing at the University of Southern Queensland, in the face of deep cuts.
— The crisis —
On 17 March 2008, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) at Toowoomba announced proposals to cut staff at the Department of Mathematics and Computing (which consists of the disciplines of mathematics, statistics, and computing) by almost 50%, eliminate all non-service teaching classes from the mathematics curriculum, and also eliminate the mathematics, statistics, physics, and chemistry majors at USQ. This proposal, which is part of a rationalisation program entitled “Realising our Potential“, is in direct opposition to the federal government’s explicit support for the importance of such enabling sciences, and is in direct opposition to the significant increase in funding for mathematics and statistics approved last year and flowing into USQ this year. (In fact, it appears that this funding has been diverted for other purposes by the university administration.)
- Eliminating a net 15 positions from the Faculty of Science (see page 6 of the proposal). By far the largest burden of these cuts falls on the Department of Mathematics and Computing, which is to lose 12 positions from a current faculty of 27, and is even more concentrated in disciplines of mathematics and statistics, where the faculty is being cut from 14 to 6. Three more staff are also being cut in physics and chemistry. In contrast, other divisions of USQ are experiencing significantly less severe cuts (and, in some cases, staff increases).
- Phasing out “low enrolment program streams” (i.e. non-service teaching).
- Discontinuing the undergraduate major program in maths, chemistry, physics, and statistics (see page 13 of the rationale), as well as the postgraduate maths offer. This is despite enrollments in mathematics and statistics holding steady at USQ (computer science enrollments have declined, though).
These cuts not only affect undergraduate education at USQ in the maths and sciences, but will also threaten other programs and initiatives by the Department of Mathematics and Computing and its staff, including
- an existing program to educate high school maths teachers at USQ;
- participation of statistics staff in a global warming grant application by the Centre for Sustainable Catchements at USQ;
- existing joint statistics courses with the University of New England;
- a planned joint distance education program with the University of New England, building upon an earlier Moodle initiative begun by the Department and copied by the rest of USQ;
- running the Australian Statistics Poster Competition for high schools;
- hosting the Simulation and Statistical Research and Consulting Centre;
- existing hosting and support for the ANZIAM Journal (electronic supplement) through the OJS system;
- participation in the ICE-EM access grid network for offering joint honours courses.
The cuts in mathematics and statistics are projected to save about $1.2 million per year. In contrast, the income stream from mathematics and statistics (both from its own majors, and from service teaching to others) is currently about $5.5 million per year (almost all of which is being diverted to other priorities of the administration); this figure includes approximately $1.2 million coming from the recent government initiative to encourage maths and science students. Furthermore, the Department of Mathematics and Computing also brings in significant research money – for instance, almost half of all ARC grants at USQ, in fact, originate from this department. These income streams will be badly affected by the above cuts, with the result that this proposal may in fact cost the university more money than it saves over the long term. Astonishingly, no long-term budgetary analysis of the situation beyond the next fiscal year appears in the proposal or the rationale.
A more detailed case for retaining mathematics at USQ, and a rebuttal of the positions of the administration, can be found at my guest editorial on 9 April 2008 at the Funneled Web. For the most recent updates on the status of the campaign, see this page.
— Revised plan for the Faculty of Sciences —
Since the initial proposal was released, the USQ administration has revised the plan twice, once on 23 April 2008 and once on 1 May 2008. There are some differences between the revised version and the original, though significant parts of the proposal remain largely unchanged:
- In the original plan, there were to be 15 net staff cuts to the Faculty of Sciences, of which the Department of Maths and Computing was to absorb 12. In the most recent revision, new funding has been authorised to add new positions to partially offset these cuts; the Faculty of Sciences will now have 18 staff cuts and 11 new positions (for a net loss of 7 staff), while the Department of Mathematics and Computing will have 11 staff cuts (5 in maths and statistics, 6 in computing) and 2 to 3 new positions focusing on areas such as statistics consultation and training, teacher training, and student consultation. These new positions are described as permanent positions, although the additional funding sources for these positions are not guaranteed.
- Non-service teaching is no longer automatically phased out; however courses that “fail to meet efficiency measures with respect to student enrolments” will have no further intakes, and the offering of higher-level courses is contingent on available staffing (which, in view of the staff cuts, will be highly constrained).
- The mathematics, statistics, physics, and chemistry majors and postgraduate offer are no longer automatically eliminated, but will be subject to a review. However due to items 1. and 2. above, the quality of education in such majors is likely to be severely curtailed. There are conflicting signals from the administration whether the maths major will ultimately be eliminated, or retained in a weakened form. A mathematics education specialisation is also proposed, but it is not clear if there will be enough courses to sustain it (or to even meet minimum state requirements for education, or of USQ’s own requirements for a Bachelor of Education degree).
- As in the original proposal, contributions of staff and departments to research, education, or community outreach were explicitly discounted as factors influencing the proposal, which continues to be driven entirely by “student demand” and “financial exigencies”.
- The federal money in support of maths and statistics education continues to be diverted away from the department of mathematics and computing.
- Because of the proposed staff cuts, courses are to be offered “using a delivery model with a reduced staff workload”. More specifically, it seems that undergraduates are to be hired as tutors and markers; however, this would be in contravention to Queensland Office of Higher Education guidelines that require teaching staff to hold qualifications above that of the degree offered (see Section 2.6.2), as well as with existing USQ guidelines.
The National Tertiary Education Union has raised significant concerns with the first revised proposal, particularly with regard to the reliability of the data that the plan is based on, and has called for a delay in making a final decision on the plan for the Faculty of Sciences until a full independent examination of the Faculty’s actual financial position and of the student load data is conducted (these data are not currently available to the public). It appears that the most recent revision of this proposal does not fully address these concerns.
Further commentary on the revised plan will be placed here in the near future.
— How to help? —
There are several ways in which you can help support mathematics at USQ:
- Contact the USQ administration.The consultation period for these proposals formally ended on April 14, 2008 (extended from a previous deadline of April 9). However, the proposals have not yet been formally announced in a finalised form. Please express support for mathematics and statistics, and protest these proposals by writing to the following administrators at USQ:
- Prof. Janet Verbyla, Dean of Sciences at USQ: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prof. Rod St. Hill, Dean of Students at USQ: email@example.com
- Prof. Graham Baker, Deputy Vice Chancellor (scholarship) at USQ: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prof. Bill Lovegrove, Vice Chancellor and President of USQ: email@example.com
- Ms. Bobbie Brazil, Chancellor of USQ: firstname.lastname@example.org
For some letters that have already been written to these administrators and to the government officials below, please see the “Letters of Support” section below.
- Contact local government representatives.The university administration will pay particular attention to any pressure from government officials (or to emails that are cc:’ed to such officials), including
- Hon. Julia Gillard MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education: Julia.Gillard.MP@aph.gov.au
- Hon. Anna Bligh MP, Premier of Queensland: ThePremier@premiers.qld.gov.au
- Hon. Rod Welford MP, State Minister for Education and Training: email@example.com
- Hon. Mike Horan MP, State Member for Toowomba South: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hon. Kerry Shine MP, Attorney General and State Member for Toowomba North: email@example.com
- Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP, Federal Member for Groom: Ian.Macfarlane.MP@aph.gov.au
- Sign the online petition. This will visibly demonstrate the depth of support for mathematics education to USQ administrators, journalists, government officials, and others, and may also encourage others who may be impacted by these cuts and are fearful of the outcome to come forward.
- Share your stories. Have you experienced the effects of cutbacks in mathematics and science at other schools? As a researcher in the sciences or in related fields such as engineering, can you testify to the value of a mathematics education, taught by mathematicians? Do you have first-hand knowledge of the situation at USQ? Please share your thoughts by commenting to this page.
- Send us news and information. Any first-hand information from USQ, for instance from students, is particularly valuable, as are any media reports not already on this page, or background information on the situation. Also, any corrections or other comments are also greatly appreciated. You can send this information by email or as a comment to this page.
- Stay in touch. We will be updating this page regularly with new developments, and of course the commentary to the online petition is growing rapidly (and is well worth reading). Check back from time to time to see how we’re doing. See also the new blog “Mathematics in Australia” for recent news and developments.
- Spread the word. We need to raise awareness of this issue quickly. If you know anyone who is supportive of mathematics and the sciences and may be able to help out in one of the above ways, please consider forwarding them a link to this page to them. Australian or not, mathematician, scientist, student, journalist, politician, administrator, or layman – anyone can contribute to this effort. (Actually, in many ways, spreading the word to non-mathematicians with a stake in this effort, such as scientists, engineers, and workers in industry, not to mention students and teachers, may be particularly useful.) It is particularly critical to inform USQ students of what is happening, as the administration has largely excluded them from the consultation process.
— Media coverage —
- “Maths funding just doesn’t count“, Guy Healy, The Australian, February 20 2008.
- “Universities maths’ departments suffer cutbacks“, Annie Guest, ABC Radio, March 19 2008. (Also available in Real Audio, Windows Media, and MP3.)
- “Funding doesn’t add up“, Brendan O’Keefe, The Australian, March 26 2008.
- “Time is counting against us“, Peter Hall, The Australian, March 26 2008.
- “New plan leaves uni students in limbo“, Elizabeth Pullen, The Chronicle, 4 April 2008.
- “Maths still out for the count“, Caroline Milburn, The Age, 7 April 2008.
- “Fields Medallist calls on colleagues world over to petition against large staff reductions in maths/stats and computing at Australia’s USQ“, The Funneled Web, 7 April 2008.
- “Maths whiz to fight uni cuts“, Brendan O’Keefe, The Australian, 8 April 2008.
- “AMSI’s executive officer tells it like it is“, The Funneled Web, 8 April 2008.
- “USQ cuts don’t add up for mathematics prodigy, 10“, Merryl Miller, Toowoomba Chronicle, 8 April 2008. (Reprinted with permission.)
- “Adam chases maths dream”, Steve Etwell, editorial, Toowoomba Chronicle, 8 April 2008. (No online link currently available, sorry.)
- “Mathematics in today’s world“, Terence Tao, guest editorial, The Funneled Web, 9 April 2008. Reprinted in the Toowoomba Chronicle, 15 April 2008.
- “Time for Gen Y to take heads out of sand“, Merryl Miller, Toowoomba Chronicle, 10 April 2008. (Reprinted with permission.)
- “Staff subtraction a prime problem for maths prodigy”, David Eardley, Courier Mail, 15 April 2008. (No online link currently available, sorry.)
- “Job cuts don’t add up, claim USQ staff“, Brendan O’Keefe, The Australian, 16 April 2008.
- “Concerns ‘not answered’: USQ management meets with staff over draft restructuring plan”, Lacey Burley, Toowoomba Chronicle, 16 April 2008. (No online link currently available, sorry.)
- “It actually adds up: Mathematics has sum value on modern society”, Peter Swannell, Toowoomba Chronicle, 16 April 2008. (No online link currently available, sorry.) [Note: Peter Swannell is a former Vice-Chancellor at USQ.]
- “Numbers don’t stack up: Professor claims full picture not revealed”, Lacey Burley, Toowoomba Chronicle, 17 April 2008. (No online link currently available, sorry.)
- “Revised plan reduces staff cuts by one job“, Lacey Burley, Toowoomba Chronicle, 24 April 2008.
- “President of the International Mathematical Union Joins in Plea for USQ to Rethink Decision to Sack 12 Maths, Stats and CT Academics“, The Funneled Web, 29 April 2008.
- “USQ changes mind on maths major cull“, Bernard Lane, The Australian, 7 May 2008.
- “USQ Reported to Reduce Job Cuts in Math/Stats/CT by Three“, The Funneled Web, 7 May 2008.
- “Lost opportunities sadden maths whiz“, Lacey Burley, Toowoomba Chronicle, 22 May 2008. (Used with permission.)
— Letters of support —
- On 28 October, 2007, the President of the Statistical Society of Australia Inc., William Dunsmuir, wrote a letter to the USQ Vice Chancellor and President, Bill Lovegrove, over concerns about media reports of redundancies in statistics at USQ. (Used with permission.)
- On 5 March 2008, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Brenda Dietrich, and Iain Johnstone, who participated in an international review of the mathematical sciences in Australia, wrote a joint letter condemning the diversion of government funding intended for mathematics and the sciences away from these schools.
- The president of the Australian Mathematical Society, Peter Hall, highlights the situation at USQ in his bimonthly column in the May 2008 issue of the Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society.
- The Director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, Phillip Broadbridge, writes on the situation at USQ and its impact on its distance education programs with UNE in his May 2008 column in the Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society.
- Peter Hall, President of the Australian Mathematics Society, wrote to the USQ Chancellor on 27 October 2007 and to Queensland Chief Scientist on 30 October 2007 to express his concerns. (Used with permission.)
- Ross Darnell, President of the Queensland Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia Inc., wrote to the Queensland Chief Scientist on 27 March 2008 to express his concerns. (Used with permission.)
- Adam Walsh, a 10-year old student taking maths classes at USQ, wrote to Terence Tao on 31 March 2008, and again on 4 April 2008, to express his concerns. (Used with the explicit permission and encouragement of both Adam and his father.)
- The Toowoomba and District Mathematics Teachers Association wrote to the USQ administration on 31 March 2008 to express its concerns. (Used with permission.) A version of this letter also appeared in the Toowoomba Chronicle on 23 April 2008.
- Danny Calegari, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Caltech University, wrote to the USQ Vice-Chancellor on 7 April 2008 to express his concerns. (Used with permission.)
- John Miller, Emeritus Professor at Monash University, wrote to the Queensland Premier on 8 April 2008 to express his concerns. (Used with permission.)
- David Stewart, Deputy Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies in mathematics at the University of Iowa, wrote to the USQ Dean of Sciences on 9 April 2008 to express his concerns. (Used with permission.)
- Chris Harman, former Head of the Department of Mathematics and Sciences at USQ, wrote to the USQ Vice-Chancellor on 9 April 2008 to express his concerns. (Used with permission.)
- Joseph Neisendorfer, former Chair of Mathematics at Rochester (which had faced a similar crisis in 1996), wrote to the USQ Chancellor on 10 April 2008 to express his concerns. (Used with permission.)
- Deborah Hughes Hallett, Professor of Mathematics at Arizona and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, wrote to the USQ administration on 10 April 2008 to express her concerns. (Used with permission.)
- The Queensland Association of Mathematical Teachers stated their position on this issue on 14 April 2008. (Used with permission.)
- John Coates, Sadleirian Professor of Pure Mathematics at Cambridge University, wrote to the Deputy Prime Minister on 14 April 2008 to express his concerns. (Used with permission.)
- Here are some selected signatures from the mathematical community from the online petition, and here are some further selected signatures from statistics, computer science, engineering, economics, the life sciences, industry, and the USQ community.
- On 14 April 2008, the online petition was formally presented to the USQ administration and to local government officials.
- “USQ forgets wider community”, Letters to the Editor, Toowoomba Chronicle, 17 April 2008. (No online link currently available, sorry.)
- László Lovász, President of the International Mathematical Union, wrote to the Vice Chancellor on 25 April 2008 to express his concerns.
- The USQ branch of the National Tertiary Education Union formally submitted a response on the revised Draft Implementation Plan on 28 April 2008.
— Blog support —
- “Please help support mathematics at the University of Southern Queensland”, What’s new, 5 April 2008
- “Important Petition“, Rigorous trivialities, 6 April 2008
- “Compressed Sensing: Stability Results for Random Sampling of Sparse Trigonometric Polynomials, Please help support USQ math department“, Nuit-blanche, 6 April 2008
- “Petition to support maths, statistics, and computing at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ)“, Vishal Lama’s blog, 6 April 2008
- “Maths in Australia“, From Monash to the BMS, 6 April 2008
- “Petição: Petition to support maths, statistics, and computing at USQ by Terence Tao, problemas | teoremas, 7 April 2008
- “A Petition to Help Support Maths at USQ“, Louis Yang Liu, 7 April 2008
- “Petition to support maths, statistics, and computing at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ)“, Mathematics under the microscope, 7 April 2008
- “Mathematics under Siege“, An Australian in America, 7 April 2008
- “A math department in danger“, Quomodocumque, 7 April 2008
- “Some very unfortunate happenings at an Australian university“, Women and Mathematics EMS committee, 8 April 2008
- “Petition to save USQ mathematics“, The n-Category Café, 9 April 2008
- “我的大学，undergraduate教育及其他“, Liuxiaochuan’s weblog, 10 April 2008
- “Idiots at the wheel“, Arrogant Alien, 28 April 2008
- “An update on mathematics, statistics, and computing at USQ“, Mathematics in Australia, 16 May 2008.
- “Local events, Turan’s problem, and limits of graphs and hypergraphs“, Gil Kalai’s blog, 20 May 2008.
— Government support for mathematics and science education —
- “Increased funding and flexibility for universities“, media release, Hon. Julie Bishop(previous minister for Education, Science, and Training), 8 May 2007.
- Unfortunately, most of this increase was not actually passed on to the intended disciplines, as the following Mathematical Sciences Questionnaire Report by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute indicates.
- “Enhancing the quality of the experiences of post-docs and early career researchers“, speech, Senator the Hon. Kim Carr (Minister for Science, Innovation, and Research), 14 Feb 2008.
- “Early maths experiences key to future participation“, media release, Hon. Julia Gillard (minister for Education, and deputy prime minister), 8 April 2008.
- A speech in the Queensland Parliament by Hon. Mike Horan MP, member for Toowoomba South, on 17 April 2008 urging the University of Southern Queensland to reconsider the draft proposal to cut back its mathematics and statistics program. (The official transcript of the day’s session of Parliament is available here.)
- An interview from 22 April 2008 with Hon. Mike Horan MP (and Chancellor Lovegrove) by ABC Radio Queensland on the USQ mathematics cuts.
- A press release from the first meeting of the Prime Minister’s science, engineering, and innovation council on 23 April 2008.
— State of mathematics/statistics in Australia —
- “The Sum and Product of Our Difficulties: Challenges Facing the Mathematical Sciences in Australian Universities“, Peter Hall, Australian Mathematical Society Gazette, March 2004.
- “Australian mathematics no longer counts“, Peter Hall, Australasian Science, July 2004.
- “Statistics at Australian Universities“, Statistical Society of Australia Inc., December 2005.
- “Maths teaching fails to add up to standard“, Justine Ferrari, The Australian, 16 January 2007
- “20 years to fix science“, Justine Ferrari, The Australian, 17 January 2007
- “Do the maths: neglect plus shortages equals crisis“, editorial, The Age, 9 February 2007
- “Numbers people don’t stack up“, William Dunsmuir, The Australian, 28 February 2007
- “Employers warn on VCE maths drop-off“, Chee Chee Leung, 12 March 2007
- “Go figure!“, Elisabeth Tarica, The Age, 14 May 2007
- “Mathematics and Statistics: critical skills for Australia’s future“. The national strategic review for mathematical sciences research in Australia, December 2006. (A summary version is available here.)
- “Public Support for Science and Innovation“, Productivity Commission Research Report Overview, 9 March 2007. Submitted to the Productivity Commission by the Australian Mathematical Society.
- “Year 12 Students and Higher Mathematics: Emerging Issues“, Mohan Chinnappan, Stephen Dinham, Anthony Herrington, Dale Scott, Australian Association for Research in Education conference 2007. A summary of this study by ACER eNews is available here.
- “Professor warns of science skills shortage“, ABC news radio, 8 January 2008
- “Maths courses a minus: Gillard“, Patricia Karvelas, 9 April 2008
- “Back to the future“, Jan de Gier, Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, May 2008.
- “Excitement part of the equation”, Jane Watson, The Australian, 16 April 2008. (No online link currently available, sorry.)
- An initial submission (short version) to the innovation review by the National Committee for the Mathematical Sciences, 21 Apr 2008.
- An initial submission (preliminary version) to the higher education review by the National Committee for the Mathematical Sciences, 21 Apr 2008.
- The National Committee for the Mathematical Sciences has a mathematics document web page from 2003, with various documents and links relating to mathematics in Australia.
- “Add it up: maths is hot stuff“, Erica Cervini, The Australian Financial Review, 5 May 2008.
- For further links see the web pages on maths in the media, as well as various studies, maintained at Mathematics In Australia.
— Research and teaching excellence —
The department of mathematics and computing at USQ has a strong record of excellence in both teaching and research, as evidenced by
- Numerous teaching awards within USQ, for instance in 2008 alone being awarded
- one USQ Excellence in Teaching award (out of two awarded);
- two USQ Teaching and Learning fellowships (out of four awarded);
- one USQ citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning;
- one Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching award; and
- one Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching award (early career).
- Of the nine ARC research grants currently awarded to USQ, four of them involve staff at the Department of Mathematics and Computing.
- Six of the seven niche research centres at USQ involve staff at the Department of Mathematics and Computing.
- A list of all mathematics research papers published with at least USQ staff member as author (from MathSciNet)
- The USQ maths department encourages its students to enter the International Mathematical Contest in Modeling, having earned two meritorious awards and four honourable mentions from the 8 teams it has entered since 1997, including two honourable mentions this year.
— USQ administration positions —
- The original draft proposal to “rationalise” various departments at USQ, and particularly the department of maths and computing, as part of the USQ initiative entitled “Realising our Potential“. This proposal has been revised twice, once on 23 April 2008 and once on 1 May 2008.
- The supplementary rationale for this proposal, by the USQ Dean of Sciences, Janet Verbyla. This rational has not been revised.
- A January 2008 media release involving the incoming USQ Dean of Sciences, Janet Verbyla, focusing on the importance of attracting students to the sciences.
- ABC Radio interview with USQ Deputy Vice Chancellor (Scholarship) Graham Baker. (Transcript courtesy of ABC Southern Queensland.)
- “USQ responds to criticism”, Alyssa Kimlin, Toowoomba Chronicle, 12 April 2008. (No online link currently available, sorry.)
- Letter to the editor, Chancellor Bobbie Brazil, Toowoomba Chronicle, 12 April 2008. (No online link currently available, sorry.)
- An interview from 22 April 2008 with Chancellor Lovegrove (and Hon. Mike Horan MP) by ABC Radio Queensland on the USQ mathematics cuts.
— Other aspects of ROP —
Besides the impact of the USQ “Realising our Potential” (ROP) proposal on mathematics and related disciplines, there has also been some coverage of the impact on other parts of the university:
- “Job losses expected at USQ“, Elizabeth Pullen, Toowoomba Chronicle, 27 November 2007.
- “USQ to cut degrees, staff positions“, ABC news, 27 November 2007.
- “Uni axes 130 jobs“, Elizabeth Pullen, Toowoomba Chronicle, 28 November 2007.
- “Unknown staff, course cuts due to uni campus closure“, ABC news, 28 Nov 2007.
- “University of Southern Queensland to axe 130 jobs“, James O’Loan, The Courier-Mail, 28 November 2007.
- “Overseas uni student formula ‘not working’“, ABC news, 3 Dec 2007.
- “More staff may lose jobs as uni cuts degrees”, ABC news, 18 March 2008.
- “USQ slashes degree courses“, ABC news, 18 March 2008.
- “Unions deeply concerned with USQ job losses“, Kerryn Anker, Toowoomba Chronicle, 25 March 2008.
- “Sayonara: USQ sacks its curator“, Lacey Burley, Toowoomba Chronicle, 19 April 2008.
- The USQ branch of the National Tertiary Education Union has some responses to the “Realising our Potential” initative.
- “USQ claims only four staff sacked“, Lacey Burley, Toowoomba Chronicle, 20 May 2008.
- “Low note: music students no longer singing uni’s praises“, Merryl Miller, Toowoomba Chronicle, 22 May 2008. (Full article available here; used with permission.)
— Miscellaneous —
- The wikipedia sub-entry on this issue at the University of Southern Queensland page.
- A article in the May 1996 issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society on the successful resolution of a similar crisis at the University of Rochester, whose administration had proposed a similar downsizing of the mathematics department there. (See also this March 1996 Notices article before the crisis was resolved.)
- Student enrolment data for USQ in the Faculty of Sciences in 2004-2005, 2006, and 2007, and for the graduate diploma in mathematics and M.Sc. (maths/stats) degrees in 2002-2005 and 2007.
- The University of Southern Queensland has had a past history of excellence, for instance receiving the ICDE Institutional Prize of Excellence in 1999, the Commonwealth Award for Excellence in 1999, and was a joint winner of the University of the Year award in 2000-2001. It also recently reported that USQ had an operating surplus of $10.3 million in 2007, up from $5 million in 2006.
- Careers in Mathematics – an action plan to meet Australia’s skills shortage
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