New appointment to benchmark high standards in educational access 


Pro-Vice Chancellor, Community and Access, Don Zoellner has announced the appointment of former CDU staffer Dr Jeanne McConachie to examine Charles Darwin University’s enabling and foundation programs and their standards and benchmarks against sector good practise.

The university offers a range of enabling programs that give future students multiple admission pathways into higher education and form CDU’s commitment to providing tertiary study opportunities to broad range of future tertiary students.

Mr Zoellner said today Dr McConachie’s appointment was well timed to prepare for the course re-accreditation cycle for next year, which included the highly successful Tertiary Enabling Program.

She will examine the relationship between CDU’s various enabling and foundation programs, benchmark against sector good practise and ensure that the administrative processes associated with enabling programs were of the highest standards.

Dr McConachie was the former manager of the enabling program at Central Queensland University and a previous employee of Darwin Community College.

She is contracted through Learnlink and will deliver a final report in December 2007.

Major areas of interest in this external review include:

  • The need for an Indigenous-specific stream
  • The duration, delivery methodologies and content of enabling courses
  • The optimal organisational position of enabling programs in the university


  • The range of enabling programs on offer.

Staff are encouraged to contribute to Dr McConachie’s review by forwarding a written submission through the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Community and Access.

Alternatively, phone for an appointment during one of Dr McConachie’s two trips to Darwin.

In either case, please contact Ms Julia Mills on 8959 5201 or