The Scan in June 2015

30 June  2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… In June The Scan posted 48 items but only one edition (#171) - we've been a bit busy with other things, The Scan being a pro bono sort of thing that doesn't actually put bread on the table.  Speaking of bread, the level of remuneration enjoyed by vice-chancellors was a run away winner in clicks: across the sector, it turns out our vice-chancellors are paid very well indeed by international standards .  Academic gongs, recording honours awarded to tertiary people, rated highly.  It's a curious thing that nobody at all from the VET sector, who we could identify, scored a gong for services to education and training - not a single one.   … [Read more...]

UA’s ‘Keep it Clever’ campaign wins national award

19 June 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Universities Australia's (UA) public awareness campaign 'Keep it Clever', highlighting the importance of proper investment in university education and research, has been awarded the Government Relations Campaign of the Year 2015: Services Sector at an award ceremony in Canberra.. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   The highly contested prize, presented at the Government Relations Awards 2015, was awarded in recognition of how Universities Australia's integrated traditional and new media campaign had shifted perceptions about the value of universality education and research to the nation. UA chief Belinda … [Read more...]

Fewer people in publicly funded training – NCVER report

30 June 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The number of people enrolled in government-funded training declined 3.5% to 1.79 million last year compared with 2013, with student numbers at TAFE continuing to fall as against private providers. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The number of people enrolled in government-funded training declined 3.5% to 1.79 million last year compared with 2013, according to data released . Data published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in Government-funded students and courses 2014 show student numbers declined at TAFE and other government providers (8.8%) and community education providers (12.2%) … [Read more...]

VET withdrawal fees banned

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30 June 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………   The Commonwealth government has banned training providers from imposing withdrawal fees on vocational students who leave courses early. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The rules, announced on 25 June, ban providers from charging withdrawal fees to students who drop out of courses before the education census date. The assistant minister for education and training Simon Birmingham said private providers had been charging exorbitant withdrawal fees, with some students forced to pay as much as $1000 to exit before the census date. The new rules are part of a wider crackdown on the distribution of misleading … [Read more...]

Go8 Newsletter June 2015

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TDA Newsletter 29 June 2015

Withdrawal fees banned for courses Fees imposed on students wishing to withdraw from courses will be banned, under changes announced by the Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham. “From 1 July 2015, if a student wants to withdraw from training on or before the census date, a provider will no longer be able to charge a withdrawal fee or place some other administrative barrier in the way of the student,” he said. It means a VET provider: Must not have financial, administrative or other barriers that prevent a student from withdrawing from a VET unit of study on or before the census date; Must ensure that where a student notifies the VET provider of … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 610, 29 June 2015

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In Focus This week saw ACPET begin to focus on its own redevelopment With our absolute commitment to quality, it is imperative that we too ensure that we deliver to the best standards. Naturally this standard will be set by the expectations of members. However, we are already focussing on comprehensive professional development programs, improved communications and s... Read more National Last Chance - Early bird rate ends 1 July Join us with your colleagues and contribute to the discussion on the many important issues facing the tertiary education sector at this time, as we seek to challenge the myths and realities of VET, Higher Education and English Language … [Read more...]