AUSTRALIA'S overcrowded universities have recorded the first improvement in student-to-teacher ratios in a decade.
With lower enrolments, more staff and lower class sizes, Australia's first private university, Bond University, has led the way.
Student-to-teacher ratios are highest in management and commerce courses and lowest in agriculture, environmental and related studies.
University class sizes have blown out since the Howard Government was first elected in 1996, triggering a 33 per cent increase in the number of students to academics.
However, the latest analysis of enrolments by the Australian Vice Chancellors Committee reveals the ratio has dipped slightly for the first time in 10 years, from 19.7 students for every teacher in 2003 to 19.4 last year.