On the 19 September 1967 it was announced that premises were to be constructed at Bathurst to house a College of Advanced Education. From the outset it was envisaged that the Bathurst Teachers' College would integrate with the College of Advanced Education (1).
The Bathurst Teachers' College closed on the 31 December 1967, and the Mitchell College of Advanced Education was established on the 1 January 1970 (2).
Under Part IV of the Higher Education Act, 1969, the Mitchell College of Advanced Education was declared a College within the Department of Technical Education (3).
On 11 December 1970 a notice in the NSW Government Gazette declared that a body corporate be constituted to be known as Mitchell College of Advanced Education. This was to take effect from 1 January 1971 (4). As a result, the responsibilities of the Department of Higher Education for the Mitchell College of Advanced Education ceased at the end of 1970 (5).
The Mitchell College of Advanced Education saw its primary role as vocational undergraduate training. Educational opportunities were offered in diverse applied and professional fields, and in a variety of modes: full-time, part-time, external, and continuing education (6).
On the 19 July 1989 the Charles Sturt University Act brought together the Mitchell College of Advanced Education and the Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education to form Charles Sturt University (7).
Footnotes and References:
(1) The Story of Three Colleges: A history of the Bathurst Government Reserve, Racecourse, Experiment Farm School, Teachers' College and Mitchell College of Advanced Education, Theo Baker p.135
(2) ibid, p.153
(3) New South Wales Government Gazette, 10 April 1970
(4) New South Wales Government Gazette, 11 December 1970, p.4976
(5) Baker, loc cit, p.190
(6) ibid, p.300
(7) CSU Handbook 2000,p13
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