The Australian 8 August 2012
“A lot of resources and effort would go into operationalising the Grattan report, rather than them being spent on looking at the right questions such as who is going to university and who is missing out.”
Colm Harman, head of economics, University of Sydney.
“The assumptions underlying the Grattan report are very linear. That is, students leave high school, go straight to university and then straight into a job and have a job for the rest of their life. But we know that increasingly it isn’t linear at all.”
David Battersby, chair of the Regional University Network and vice-chancellor of the University of Ballarat.
“We feel strongly that there is public good out of higher education. We totally reject the concept that getting a university degree is all about the individual.”
Rhonda Hawkins, acting vice-chancellor, University of Western Sydney.
“In the end how much uni student should pay is going to be a a political decision made by governments in the context of all their other budgetary constraints and sense of fair play.”
“The mix of government funding and government loans reflects the importance of encouraging people to gain learning and skills. The reality is that extending this to the large number of people now needing higher education is too costly to be covered fully by government funding.”
Conor King, executive director, Innovative Research Universities.
“It neglects the fact that the education of graduates not only makes them more productive but spills over into higher productivity among those they work with this is not necessarily captured in individual graduate salaries.”
Simon Marginson, professor of higher education, University of Melbourne.
“If we keep pushing to put student fees up, the government is going to say ‘that’s fine but we don’t necessarily have to continue our level of funding’.”
“I just don’t accept the idea that there is no public interest in having a country that is literate, trained and intellectually sophisticated even if it is the case that those people would want to study for themselves, because they cant avoid conferring public benefits once they have done that. It is a completely misconceived idea of the breadth of the public benefit of education.”
Greg Craven, vice-chancellor, Australian Catholic University.
“It is moving the cost of education across to students in a much greater way than applies in most of OECD countries.”
Jeanette Hacket, chair of the Australian Technology Network and vice chancellor of Curtin University.
“Higher education funding will be a significant issue leading into the 2013 federal election; the level of cost borne by students and the balance of public and private contributions. It’s important the debate is informed by innovative ideas, which were sadly lacking in the base funding review. The Grattan report is certainly innovative, even though the prospect of an increase in student contributions, with no corresponding increase in funds flowing into the sector, is unlikely to be supported by the sector or by either side of politics.”
John Dewar, vice-chancellor, La Trobe University.