$100,000 degrees? Sure thing!

High wired

   24 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Initial reporting on the University of Western Australia's proposed fee structure, announced to a Senate committee inquiry, was tentative, ambiguous and/or wrong: for example, ABC News reported it as a fee increase of “30%”.  In the absence of any documentation, The Scan noted "we don't know whether that's the total price (student contribution plus commonwealth subsidy) or the proposed student contribution.  If the former, that's an increase of around 30% for a degree in humanities disciplines , if the latter.... that's an increase of 160% (based on the 2015 student contribution of $6152 pa - $18,456 over three years)".   We … [Read more...]

Swinburne reconsidering VET provision

  The Australian      |     22 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Dual sector Swinburne University is flagging a major restructure of its vocational training after falling short of revenue targets on the back of state government funding cuts and increasing competition from private providers. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… In a consultation paper issued to staff, Swinburne said revenue from vocational education and training had slumped from $123.5 million in 2012 to a now projected $70m this year. But it said its current organisational structure was predicated on the university generating at least $90m a year from VET, and alternative options now … [Read more...]

NCVER appoints new CEO

Craig Fowler

   23 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has announced the appointment of Dr Craig Fowler as its new managing director, to succeed Rod Camm who is heading off to the Australian Council for Private Education.  He will assume the post in late October. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… In announcing the appointment, the chair of NCVER, Professor Peter Shergold, said that Dr Fowler  has worked in both the private and public sectors, including at very senior levels of the South Australian public service for the last 11 years: He possesses an exceptional depth of understanding … [Read more...]

UWA fee policy

Australian Senate  |    23 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Following is an extract from the submission by the University of Western Australia to the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment inquiry into the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014.  In its submission, UWA discloses that, if fee dergulation proceeds, it proposes to set "an annual fee (student contribution) of $16,000 commencing in 2016 for domestic (Commonwealth-supported) students per annual fulltime enrolment". ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Studies and various Government reviews have shown that Australia has historically underinvested in university … [Read more...]

UWA statement on fees

UWA

  23 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The University of Western Australia has revealed its fee structure under the government’s fee deregulation plans, advising a Senate committee it would charge an annual fee of $16,000 - $48,000 for a three year degree - for the five basic undergraduate courses it offers.  ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……   The University of Western Australia has become one of the first universities in Australia to reveal its pricing strategy in a future deregulated higher education sector. Based on current legislation before the Federal Senate, UWA proposes to set an annual fee of $16,000 for domestic full-time students … [Read more...]

RUN calls for interest cap and scholarships

Regional Universities Network    |    23 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has called for a Competitive Regions Fund, regional scholarships, and an interest rate on HECS/HELP loans to be set at 50% of the Long Term Bond Rate, with the students’ interest rate on the loan capped at 6 per cent.  In its submission to the Senate Committee on the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment (HERRA) Bill, RUN also proposes imposing a threshold on the Higher Education Participation Program (HEPP) to allocate funding to those universities with relatively high proportions and significant catchments of low SES … [Read more...]

UWA sets undergraduate fee at $48,000

The Australian    |    23 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The University of Western Australia is the first university to reveal its student fee structure under the government’s fee deregulation plans, advising a Senate committee it would charge an annual fee of $16,000 - $48,000 for a three year degree - for the five basic undergraduate courses it offers. That's an increase of 160% for a degree in humanities disciplines (based on the 2015 student contribution of $6152 pa - $18,456 over three years).   And it does mean  a price tag of around $100,000 for "professional degrees", such as law, medicine, architecture and … [Read more...]