In Australia, satellite/regional/remote campuses have been established with government funding for political reasons, and have been found by their sponsoring Universities to be both financially and pedagogically challenging. They have been created to provide economic stimulus to a depressed area, and have given access to students who would otherwise not have had a university option. These students are often of low socio-economic status, perhaps educationally disadvantaged, sometimes Indigenous. They are no less deserving of a high quality educational experience than their fellow students at metropolitan or major regional campuses where economies of scale are possible, facilities are well established and staff are more experienced. Flexible delivery through modern communications and information technology can successfully support small and remote regional campuses.
The author has been involved in establishing and fostering regional campuses in Universities in three Australian states, and shares the strategies which she has found successful in ensuring quality individual outcomes within a constrained institutional budget.