Universities Australia has published its first comprehensive policy manifesto – A Smarter Australia. The manifesto callsfor a “partnership between the university sector and the next government” – of whatever hue – to establish a practical and pragmatic policy framework around five key actions, including increased funding. To back up this policy agenda and encourage wider awareness of higher education. UA has launched a $5 million national campaign, to be funded entirely from dividends earned by a company owned by Australian universities….[READ MORE]…..
Tertiary education minister Chris Bowen released at the UA Conference a report by the International Education Advisory Council which says that the international sector will rebound with an additional 117,000 international students by 2020 – a 30 % increase on current numbers. This would contribute about $19 billion to the economy compared to $15 billion today….[READ MORE]…..
With his predecessor having seemingly gone cold on improving ”interconnectedness” between the VET and higher education sectors, new tertiary education minister Chris Bowen has signalled his willingness to look at the matter again. Bowen has set in train a process to prepare, in consultation with Universities Australia, advice on a principles-based framework to inform the evolution of a more inter-connected tertiary education sector…..[READ MORE]…..
26 February 2013 | The vice-Chancellor and president of James Cook University (JCU), Professor Sandra Harding, will be Universities Australia’s next chair, taking over from the University of Melbourne’s Professor Glyn Davis. Harding has been a member of the UA Board since January 2009 and has served as Universities Australia’s deputy chair for the past two years. Professor Harding was elected unopposed and will assume her new position on 2 May 2013. The announcement was made by Davis during an address to vice-chancellors at their meeting in Canberra ahead of the opening of Universities Australia’s 2013 Higher Education Conference on 27 February…..[READ MORE]…..
In the lead up to its 2013 conference, Universities Australia (UA) has released a survey report that shows that more than 90% of Australians think that a well-funded university system is critical to Australia’s economy and national growth. The value of a university education is now deeply embedded in our society with the research finding that 88% of Australians aspire for their children and the young people they know, to attend university…..[READ MORE]…..
A compilation of leading items from the weekly education press.
Concerns that too many ill-prepared school-leavers are being accepted into university by way of the demand-driven system the demand have been rejected by tertiary education minister Chris Bowen. Speaking at the UA Conference, Bowen said the quality of a course should be measured by the capabilities that students have acquired by the time they complete their course, not the capabilities they have when they begin.
In a recent op-ed piece , the Grattan Institute’s Andrew Norton noted that since 2009, the chance of a university applicant with an ATAR below 50 receiving an offer has doubled to one in four. For applicants with ATARs between 50 and 60, nearly three-quarters received offers in 2012, up from over half in 2009.
Norton points out that many studies have shown the link between school and university academic results is surprisingly weak. Especially below an ATAR of 80, large numbers of students get higher marks at university than expected given their school results, while others get lower marks. Above an ATAR of 80, school and university results are more closely related, but ATAR is still only a rough guide.
But we are going to need further and better particulars as to the progress of students admitted on the basis of lower ATARS than used to be the case (or no ATARs at all) before judgement can be made on the “quality” issue and, critically, whether students are getting the necessary support to progress.
Norton concludes that
We should not use arbitrary minimum ATARs to deny some the opportunity to get a degree. But we owe it to them to find out more about what predicts success. They can then make decisions about what their best option is.
22 February 2013
Reaching across borders
1 person in 20 is affected by a rare disease.
Over 6000 different rare diseases affect children and adults.
Most are genetic, chronic and debilitating.
But above all they isolate patients and their families.
International Rare Disease Day is 28 February 2013.
Its theme is
Let’s take a journey together to break the borders of isolation.
It’s free….no hidden costs… absolutely gratis