It was time

 21 October  2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Gough Whitlam, the 21st prime minister of Australia, has died. This item was first posted on 13 November 2012 to mark the forthieth anniversary of his "It's time" campaign speech. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Most readers of The Scan - and indeed the parents of some readers - are too young to remember the balmy evening of 13 November 1972 when Gough Whitlam declared at the Blacktown Civic Centre, before 1500 supporters and a television audience of millions, that "It's time":   Men and Women of Australia! The decision we will make for our country on 2 December is a choice between the past and the … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 20 October 2014

In Focus Quality Issues A lot of members will have seen the Current Affair story about a so called dodgy provider. I have been asked what ACPET is doing about the RTO in question. As is the case in all such situations your Governance Audit and Risk Committee will be asking the member to show cause and explain the situation from their point of view. Not one wants to be judged on one media story. We have had previous examples where a disgruntled employee or student has created a story to get back at the organisation they are aggrieved with. Due process and the presumption of innocence are critical in these situations to ensure fairness. KAPs has issued a statement refuting the … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 20 October 2014

Central Institute students awarded Mick Young Scholarships Western Australia’s Deputy Premier Dr Kim Hames last week presented Mick Young Scholarships to 25 students at Central Institute of Technology in Perth. Worth $500 each, the scholarships were co-funded by the TDA National Scholarships Foundation and Central Institute of Technology. The expansion of the Mick Young Scholarships is part of TDA’s campaign to widen scholarship for students facing financial challenges. The presentation at the Institute’s Northbridge campus was attended by the Executive Director of the TDA Scholarships Foundation Theresa Collignon and Central Institute’s Managing Director Neil Fernandes. See the … [Read more...]

A few embrace higher ed changes but many more have reservations

The Conversation   |      30 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Submissions to the Senate’s inquiry into the higher education reform bill have now closed. The inquiry is now conducting public hearings throughout Australia and is to report to the Senate on 28 October. Here, Tim Pitman overviews the 163 submissions received.  The Scan has extracted some key points from about 50 of these submissions (something we will never, ever attempt again). ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The key elements of the bill are outlined here but in essence it seeks to greatly deregulate the higher education sector by allowing universities to set their own maximum fees … [Read more...]

Predicting the effects of Australian fee de-regulation

Alex Usher

 Higher Education Strategy Associates     |       29 August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Canadian higher education analyst Alex Usher was recently in Australia, checking out the government's proposed higher education reform package and, while not "alarmist" , neither was he insouciant about the likely impact of the passage of the government's higher education package: It won’t be the access disaster some are predicting, but it’s a bad deal for students nonetheless. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… If the Australian government’s plan on fee-deregulation comes to pass, what follows will be one of the greatest experiments ever in higher education.  … [Read more...]

University fees and participation: a study of nine countries

 Group of Eight     |      13 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Group of Eight is working overtime making the case that fee deregulation would be "good", won't really affect students much -  what, with income contingent loans, they'll hardly notice - and won't have a deleterious impact on participation by people from low SES backgrounds.  This latest note is based principally on a study by Canadian higher education analyst Alex Usher.  Usher was recently in Australia and, while not "alarmist" , neither was he insouciant about the likely impact of the passage of the government's higher education package: HECS will still insulate students from the main … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 13 October 2014

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In Focus Edition 575, 13 Oct During the week Dr George Brown and I appeared before the Senate Hearings into the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill representing ACPET members. After a well prepared opening statement delivered professionally by George we were asked a number of questions. Much of the focus was on the characteristics of ACPETs HEP members and their preparedness to provide support to the socially disadvantaged. The questions brought into focus again the lack of information ACPET and the sector as a whole has about its activities and especially all the great things achieved by our members. ACPET has on a number of occasions asked members for information about … [Read more...]