4 June 2013 | An Australian Polytechnic Network (APN) is being founded by the University of Canberra, Melbourne’s Holmesglen Institute, Northern Sydney Institute, South Western Sydney Institute and Brisbane’s Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE. The formation of the new grouping follows a decision of the now minister for tertiary education, Craig Emerson, to reverse a decision of former minister Chris Evans to now Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for delivery of University of Canberra degrees at the network member campuses from 2014….[READ MORE]…..
4 June 2013 | A proposal from Charles Sturt and La Trobe universities for a new regional-based medical school has been put on ice by the commonwealth government, which says there isn’t enough capacity in hospitals and clinics to support additional internships.…[READ MORE]…..
4 June 2013 | Swinburne University of Technology’s Australian campuses will become smoke free, with smoking banned indoors and outdoors, from 12 August this year. In making the announcement, Swinburne vice-chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson, said going smoke free will help improve the health and wellbeing of all members of the Swinburne community and protect them from environmental tobacco smoke…..[READ MORE]…..
4 June 2013 | Half of a government rescue package of $200 million (over 4 years) for Victorian TAFEs has been purloined from earlier allocations, despite new figures showing the embattled system has moved closer to the wall. Victoria’s 14 standalone TAFEs managed a combined operating surplus of just $58.5 million last year, down from $98m in 2011 and $192m in 2010…..[READ MORE]…..
4 June 2013 | The University of Canberra is to receive $26 million to house a new Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning, which will deliver professional skills and applied, practice-led research to support the introduction of Government’s National Plan for School Improvement reforms. The new centre will collaborate with universities, researchers and teachers to support professional development for ACT teachers to “grow and develop, find new ways for teachers to be more effective and assist in the implementation of systems for continuous teacher performance feedback.”…..[READ MORE]…..
4 June 2013 | In the year to date (YTD) to April 2013 , there were 356,993 enrolments by full-fee paying international students in Australia on a student visa. This represents a 2.9% decline on YTD April 2012 and contrasts with the average YTD April growth rate for enrolments of 5.8% per year in the preceding ten years. There were 134,855 commencements in YTD April 2013, representing a 2.9% increase over the same period in 2012. This compares with the average YTD April growth rate for commencements of 4.8% per year in the preceding ten years……[READ MORE]…..
4 June 2013 | Hundreds of international students, many already struggling financially, have lost up to three weeks’ pay after the collapse of one of Australia’s largest cleaning companies. And unlike their Australian colleagues, they won’t be eligible for the government program that fast-tracks payment of wages they are owed…….[READ MORE]…..
4 June 2013 | Up to one third of voters are likely to change their voting intentions as a result of the cuts to universities in the recent budget, a survey by Universities Australia (UA) has found. The survey of 800 voters found shows that 87% of respondents supported an increase in funding for universities. Among Coalition voters, 81% said the cuts “threaten Australia’s future” while 64 per cent of all voters agreed with the proposition. UA proposes to launch a regional and suburban advertising blitz later this week targeting 80 electorates with a strong university presence…..[READ MORE]…..
4 June 2013 | Deakin University staff will stopwork for one hour at 1pm on Wednesday 5 June over stalled collective agreement negotiations. A ban on overtime for general staff, a ban on participating in performance appraisal and a ban on the transmission of student results will be put in place immediately. Deakin University will become the third university in Victoria where the NTEU has banned handing over student results…..[READ MORE]…..
31 may 2013 | With the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency said to be at the heavy-handed end of the regulatory spectrum, the government has announced a “red tape review” to reduce the burden of compliance on universities. Tertiary education minister Craig Emerson and higher education and skills minister Sharon Bird said the review is directed at ensuring more of the government’s funding is directed at student tuition rather than administration. It is estimated that university regulatory compliance costs are of the order of $280 million a year. The review will be undertaken by Professors Kwong Lee Dow AO and Valerie Braithwaite….[READ MORE]…..
31 may 2013 | The Queensland Government has passed legislation to establish the new TAFE Queensland as an independent statutory body. The minister for education, training and employment John-Paul Langbroek said the new entity will manage all TAFE institutes from 1 July this year. It follows the recommendations of a review undertaken by the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce…..[READ MORE]…..
31 may 2013 | The financial health of Victoria’s TAFE sector is deteriorating, with the Victorian Acting Auditor-General finding that s0 out of 14 “standalone” TAFEs were at medium financial risk last year, compared with seven in 2011. TAFEs were also more reliant on government funding for capital works, being unable to cover asset upgrades through their own activities. TAFEs generated a $58.5 million surplus in 2012, down more than 39% on the previous year due, in large part, to increased employee costs flowing from redundancies……[READ MORE]…..
31 may 2013 | Seven of Victoria’s eight universities reported a surplus in 2012, with the sector generating a total surplus of $454.6 million, compared to a $478.5 million surplus in 2011. Student fee revenue grew by $107.4 million, mainly due to higher domestic student fee income…..[READ MORE]…..
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Comment & analysis
As the number of students at Australian universities soars to record levels, is a degree still worth having or is it just a waste of time and money? asks Lucinda Schmidt in The Age .
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In October, more than 50,000 Victorian year 12 students will sit their final school exams. More than half will flock to university next March, eager to cast aside the shackles of school and embrace a staggeringly different world of unsupervised study.
For some, their university course is a ticket punch en route to a solid career, while for others it’s more about campus life and making new friends. And for some, perhaps, there’s that old-fashioned notion of a well-rounded education; learning how to think critically, reason analytically and reflect on personal growth.
Whatever their motivation, the one certain thing in the labyrinthine world of higher education is that a university degree ain’t what it used to be. With student numbers escalating – not just in Australia but globally – a bachelor’s degree has well and truly lost its elite status.
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