Talk:Australian Catholic University

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Public or private?[edit]

hello there thought i should start off the talk page. hi!!!

How can ACU be a public university when it is owned by a private company? matturn 06:28, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

It is a public university in that its funding comes from the federal government. There are 38 public universities in Australa of which ACU is one. There are currently two private universities in Australia: Notre Dame and Bond universities. Taken from ACU's website: "ACU National is the Australian Catholic University, a public university funded by the Australian Government and open to students and staff of all beliefs" [[1]]. Soundabuser 13:52, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

Does not Notre Dame also get a lot of government funding? Bond is certainly eligible to get government funding. All three are owned by non-profit companies. matturn 06:47, 7 June 2006 (UTC)

To be honest with you I have no idea why it is the way it is. I dont know whether you can say that ACU is actually "owned" by a private company I believe it may just be a part of the legal requirements for a university. It is also spread over three states and a territoty. Most universities (I think) in Australia are established by state law, perhaps the multi-state nature of ACU made the formation of a private company a legal requirement. The fact remains though that ACU is a public university. Soundabuser 14:58, 7 June 2006 (UTC)

"Fact remains"? How can a fact remain without proof, especially when all evidence points to the contrary? It being a multi-state institution is of no relevance, it's previous single state institutions were private, and USQ, Charles Sturt and UNSW all operate over state lines. Australian public universities are all owned by state or territories, with the exception of the federal ANU. Bond, Notre Dame and ACU are owned by privately controlled non-profit companies. matturn 10:04, 14 December 2006 (UTC)

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Student Template[edit]

If any students want to tag their profile page with a ACU userbox/categorise themselves, here is the necessary bits and pieces.

ACU This user is a student of Australian Catholic University.

{{User:Rakkar/userboxes/ACU}} [[Category:Wikipedians attending Australian Catholic University|{{PAGENAME}}]]

Copyright violations[edit]

This article consisted almost entirely of content copied directly from the ACU website. Unfortunately this is not acceptable content on Wikipedia, which takes copyright violations very seriously. Unless the content can somehow be released under Creative Commons/GFDL it cannot be used here. In any case, the content was not particularly encyclopaedic, reading more like a promotional website (which in fact it was). Accordingly, I have reduced the article to a stub. People associated with the university would also do well to review WP:COI (basically, it's not a good idea to edit the article if you have a conflict of interest (especially if you are employed by the university). Any questions, please feel free to reply here (I'll watch the page). Cheers, Basie (talk) 01:34, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

List of ACU people[edit]

Hi everyone,
there is a separate article called List of Australian Catholic University people. No offence intended, but to me, this seems somewhat ridiculous. If that really is encyclopedic content at all, shouldn't it better be integrated into this article? -- (talk) 13:36, 14 October 2016 (UTC)


This article certainly is written in a very promotional style and definitely deserves the COI tag.

One part I stumbled upon and am not quite sure how to fix is right at the beginning:

  • "ACU has grown rapidly"
Since when? Since its founding in 1991? Why would one pick a time period of five particular years to demonstrate its growth? This seems somewhat arbitrary - and extremely promotional. Also, for me at least, the link in the citation does not work.
  • "The university now has more than 32,000 students from 160 countries, and more than 2,200 staff."
When is "now"? "Now" is a very unencyclopedic specification. In addition, there is no source given for these numbers (unless they are in the first source which I cannot view).
  • "It has matched this growth with the expansion and upgrade of it campuses."
Though sourced, this sentence is just plain advertising style. Maybe someone has an idea how to reword it.
  • "ACU has an increasing involvement in research"
Apart from the fact that this is sourced with another reference from "The Australian" which apparently can be viewed by registered users only, this sentence is not very encyclopedic. "Increasing" only makes sense in a comparison. So: Compared to what, or compared to when? Compared to before 1991?
  • 190 global partnerships: o.k., but it should suffice to mention that once.

-- (talk) 14:36, 14 October 2016 (UTC)