Is “market failure” emerging?

17 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… All the signs point to evidence that neglect and a rush towards privatisation are dragging the vocational sector into crisis. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... After four years of marketisation in Victoria, there are certainly signs of, at least, incipient market failure in that jurisdiction. There have been numerous TAFE campus closures, particularly in the peri-urban fringe and throughout regional Victoria. Even larger, well established and strong TAFE metropolitan institutes, such as NMIT, have been severely affected, with consequent scaling down of activity in some areas. The most … [Read more...]

Re-imagining the campus in the VET sector

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The Conversation    |    21 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… A change to the treatment of publicly owned Technical and Further Education (TAFE) facilities has the potential to exacerbate existing problems in the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... The federal minister for industry, Ian Macfarlane, expressed concern that TAFE assets are underused. He signalled interest in following the Queensland government approach, which allows non-TAFE registered training organisations (RTOs) access to TAFE facilities for the delivery of training. To assess the … [Read more...]

New V-C appointed at Flinders

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Flinders News   |    17 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Flinders University has appointed Curtin University’s Colin Stirling to become its new vice-chancellor from the start of next year. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Flinders University has appointed Curtin University’s Colin Stirling to become its new vice-chancellor from the start of next year. Currently Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University, Professor Stirling has been a research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and held senior executive positions in a 20-year career at the University of … [Read more...]

Easter 2014

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17 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… An Easter sculpture at a busy St. Kilda intersection protests against Australia asylum seeker policy. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Barbed wire figures of a father, mother and child hang from the imposing crucifixes, with plaques bearing the names of offshore detention centres Nauru, Christmas and Manus islands. The Rev John Tansey installed the three life-size wooden crucifixes outside the Uniting Church at the corner of Chapel and Carlisle Sts, aiming to draw a parallel between the deterrence aims of crucifiction in Roman times and offshore processing. Tansey says the … [Read more...]

Merger of Gippsland TAFEs to create “Federation Training”

16 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Advance and Gipps TAFE to merge with a view to being "integrated" into Federation University ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... The Victorian minister for higher education and skills, Nick Wakeling,  has announced  the formation of Federation Training Institute, which will be a new TAFE Institute in Gippsland, out of the merger of Advance TAFE and GippsTAFE, the two existing TAFEs in the region . It is envisaged that Federation Training would be integrated into Federation University Australia from 1 January 2016. FedU vice-chancellor David Battersby says that the university council … [Read more...]

Review recommends extension of demand system

 14 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The review of the demand driven funding system report has concluded that the demand-driven funding system, introduced as the keystone of the Rudd government’s “higher education revolution, has been a success and should be extended. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... The review of the demand driven funding system report has concluded that the demand-driven funding system, introduced as the keystone of the Rudd government’s “higher education revolution, has been a success and should be extended. Commissioned by the government in November 2013 to examine the impact of the system on … [Read more...]

RUN says uncapped system boosts equity in HE

The Australian     |    24 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… With the review of the demand driven system due to report, regional universities have defended the uncapped higher education system from claims it is doing little to boost social mobility. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... In a policy note published last month, the Group of Eight said demand-driven higher education had done more for the privileged than the battlers. It said that while the proportion of low socio-economic status students had increased by around one percentage point between 2008 and 2012, the majority of the growth had come from people of medium or … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update – 24 March 2014

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In Focus Where are you? No this week’s column is not a tourism advert for Australia (and no swearing either – for those who recall the infamous Lara Bingle advert). Rather I’m asking whether you’re in the ACPET Catalogue – or not. And if not – why not? ... Read more Featured Minister Pyne to deliver keynote address at ACPET Higher Education Symposium The annual ACPET Higher Education Symposium will this year be held in Sydney on 22 May 2014. Higher education providers must be innovative and responsive to the needs of students and business by maintaining academic rigour and delivering high quality education. Within this context, the ACPET 2014... Read … [Read more...]

Knights and dames back!

Knighthood

Sydney Morning Herald     |     24 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Knights and Dames are being reintroduced to the Order of Australia honours list. Not quite up there with the Menzies government  plan to call the dollar the "royal" - but close. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Outgoing governor-general Quentin Bryce and her successor Peter Cosgrove will be the first to receive the titles. The Queen has amended the letters patent for the Order of Australia to allow for the new honours, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Tuesday. The new category will recognise pre-eminent Australians. Advertisement Up to four … [Read more...]

The science of character

24 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Can you learn to be braver? Can practice make you more persistent? Is it possible to cultivate your curiosity? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… Can you learn to be braver? Can practice make you more persistent? Is it possible to cultivate your curiosity? Aiming to ignite a global conversation on how character strengths can be learned, practiced, and cultivated, award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain (CONNECTED, THE FUTURE STARTS HERE) premiered her new film, THE SCIENCE OF CHARACTER, online and over 1,500 schools and organizations around the world on Thursday, 20 March.. Challenging the conventional belief that … [Read more...]

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