Curtin University has confirmed first year student numbers at its Kalgoorlie School of Mines campus are continuing to fall.
New figures show the number of first years studying in Kalgoorlie this semester has not grown since initial estimates were revealed two months ago.
Eleven students are studying in Kalgoorlie compared to more than 60 in the same courses at its Perth campus.
Curtin is reviewing first and second year courses this year after strong community opposition forced it to back away from a decision to scrap them in 2008.
In a statement, Curtin’s deputy vice-chancellor, Jane den Hollander, says at least 30 first year students are needed to make the course viable.
The Member for Kalgoorlie, John Bowler, has long campaigned for first and second year courses to remain on offer.
He says he is confident an aggressive new marketing campaign, and the possibility of offering more generic courses next year, will boost student numbers.
“I believe that if the graduates’ association, Curtin, the people of Kalgoorlie and the supporters of the School of Mines continue the efforts they’ve done in the past few months, then we will get more because those students who do come to Kalgoorlie early all say it was the best thing they ever did,” he said.