Rankings and Ratings
CSU's commitment to preparing graduates to be industry-ready upon graduation is evident in our consistent high rankings for graduate outcomes. The University's focus on high quality teaching and learning has also contributed to this success, with a number of staff receiving excellence awards. In addition, CSU leads the way in various fields of research, on-campus accommodation, and environmentally sustainable practices, winning international and national awards. These are just some areas where CSU excels nationally and internationally.
CSU consistent rankings
CSU has a strong history of producing graduates who achieve success in their chosen industries with a current graduate employment rate that is 12% above the national average. Recent survey results include:
- 81% domestic graduates of CSU found employment within four months of completing their bachelor degree (2015 Australian Graduate Survey)
- CSU has one of the best graduate employment rates in Australia (www.qilt.edu.au)
- CSU scored the highest possible, five-star rating for undergraduate student retention and success in getting a job (2016 Good Universities Guide)
- 84.2% of all graduates eligible for full-time work were successful in getting a job (Graduate Destinations Survey 2012-2014)
Job ready graduates
CSU's 170,000 graduates are valued by employers for their highly relevant and adaptable skills, developed as a result of CSU's collaboration with industry and the professions.
- More than 60% of CSU's undergraduate courses provide students with access to work based experience and placements, ensuring they are job ready
- 70% of CSU's courses target skills shortage areas, delivering on the Australian government's national skills priority.
High quality teaching
The CSU student experience is enhanced by highly qualified and recognised teaching staff. In 2014, the Australian Government's Office of Learning and Teaching awarded CSU staff with the prestigious:
- 'Australian University Teaching Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning' in the areas of: Emergency Management, Marketing Communications, Mathematics Education, and Indigenous Cultural Competency
- 'Teaching Excellence and Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning' in the category of 'Global citizenship and internationalisation' – to the School of Community Health's Overseas Workplace-Learning Program
In 2015, a CSU team of staff were awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in recognition for their significant contribution to the quality of student learning through innovatively transforming the inter-cultural competence of student teachers.
CSU's research expertise
In 2015 the Australian Research Council's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative awarded Charles Sturt University world-standard or above in five broad fields of research including:
- Environmental Sciences
- Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences
- Philosophy and Religious Studies
CSU had 16 specific fields of research evaluated at world standard or above including Curriculum and Pedagogy (within Education) and Applied Ethics (within Philosophy and Religious Studies) ranked as above world standard, and Horticultural Production (within Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences) ranked as well above world standard.
CSU was awarded the Australasian Association of College and University Housing Officers (AACUHO) 'Operation of the Year' in 2014.
Recognition for sustainability
CSU has been widely recognised for its commitment to sustainability, and action to become a leader in the field. CSU's awards include:
- Winner of the 2015 Energy Productivity in Action Business Leader (Commercial) Award from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
- Finalist in the 2015 Green Gown Award Australasia Leadership category, Professor Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor, CSU
- A Green Globe Award for Regional Sustainability by the NSW Government in 2011
- A Green Gown Award through the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability in 2010 and 2011
- A Bronze Partnership under the NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage's Sustainability Advantage Recognition Scheme in 2010.
CSU's innovative Albury-Wodonga Campus has also been recognised as a world leading example of environmentally sustainable features, including energy efficient building designs, and onsite waste and water management systems.
More about CSU's environmentally sustainable projects