The Higher Education Act, 1969 (Act No 29, 1969) provided for the establishment of the New South Wales Advanced Education Board, New South Wales Universities Board, New South Wales Higher Education Board and for Colleges of Advanced Education. Interim College Council was formed in Wagga Wagga for the purpose of establishing a Riverina College of Advanced Education (1).
The Riverina College of Advanced Education was established on 1 January,1972 (2). Wagga Wagga Teachers College was the first to amalgamate in 1972 as the School of Teacher Education. The two other foundation schools were the Schools of Applied Science and Business and Liberal Studies. Study Centres were also opened at Griffith and Albury-Wodonga in 1972 (3).
From the beginnings of the Riverina College of Advanced Education it was proposed that there would be an integration with the Wagga Agricultural College. Although initially the Department of Agriculture resisted amalgamation (4). It was not until 1976 that the amalgamation of the Wagga Agricultural College and the Riverina College of Advanced Education took place, and the Wagga Agricultural College became the School of Agriculture within the Riverina College of Advanced Education (5).
In 1984 the Goulburn College of Advanced Education was disbanded, and the students and staff were divided between the Wagga and Albury Campuses of the Riverina College of Advanced Education (6) In 1984 the name was changed to Riverina Murray Institute of Education to recognise the many geographical areas the college covered (7).
In 1989 the Charles Sturt University Act brought together the Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education and the Mitchell College of Advanced Education to form Charles Sturt University (8).
(1) From farm boys to Ph D's: Agricultural Education at Wagga Wagga, 1896-1996, by June Sutherland, CSU 1996 p.121
(2) NSW Government Gazette 5 November, 1971 p. 4278
(3) Charles Sturt University - Mitchell p.9
(4) Sutherland, Loc Cit p.122
(5) Charles Sturt University - Mitchell p.9
(6) Sutherland, Loc Cit p.122
(7) Op Cit
(8)Charles Sturt University Handbook 2000, p.13