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The Scan Edition # 165 7 November 2014

Acquire in ASQA spotlight 7 November 2014     |       The marketing practices of Acquire Learning, chaired by former AFL chief Andrew Demetriou, are being investigated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) following complaints about cold calling and inappropriately ¬enrolling jobseekers who had ¬applied for positions advertised on the Seek employment website. Acquire itself is not a registered training organisation, but works as a broker allocating students to individual providers. Acquire has been the subject of complaints whereby jobseekers applying for positions are pressured into undertaking private tertiary study, in some cases becoming burdened by debts of up to $8000....[ … [Read more...]

ATN’s new executive director

ATN Newsroom    |     8 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) has appointed Renee Hindmarsh as its new executive director, succeeding Vicki Thomson who has taken up the executive director position at the Group of 8. She commenced on 3 November. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Hindmarsh was previously a director of Barton Deakin Public Relations in Melbourne. She has worked as a chief of staff, senior adviser and media adviser to successive Liberal ministers. A graduate of Monash University, she has a very strong knowledge of the Australian higher education sector. The ATN says that Hindamarsh … [Read more...]

University fee deregulation bill

30 October 2014 Sector responses ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… It's hardly news that all the university groups are as one that there is no alternative to fee deregulation to provide the funding to maintain the quality of Australian higher education (given declining public funding).  They are not as one on how the proposed Commonwealth Scholarship scheme funding  (provided by students) should be divvied up: the Group of 8 and ATN argue the money should be held and disbursed by the collecting institution, the  RUN and IRU argue that it should be pooled and disbursed on a needs basis. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Universities Australia Drawing on a … [Read more...]

The Scan | #163 | 25 September 2014

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Vic’s ACFE joins TAFE “in crisis” 24 September 2014     |     The travails besetting Victoria’s TAFE sector have spread to its Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) sector with the ACFE board 2013-14 annual report showing a $1.1 million loss for the ACFE Board after a $11 million cut in state government funding. ACFE returned a $9.4 million surplus in 2012-13. The sector has had a precipitous drop in government income from its peak in 2011-12 – down 80% – and since 2009-10 – down 40%..... [ MORE ].... UWA sets … [Read more...]

Sector submissions to the Senate Inquiry

……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Updated 12 October 2014 . ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……  25 September 2014 Generally  supportive but with significant amendments ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The government’s higher education reform package - the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 - was referred on 3 September to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee for consideration and report by 28 October. Submissions to the inquiry closed on 22 September. The committee has published 79 submissions on its website. Following are extracts from 27 submissions lodged by higher education organisations (peak bodies) … [Read more...]

The Scan | Edition #159 | 22 August 2014

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Deregulate fees to help innovation? 22 August 2014     |     The debate over deregulating university fees is now infecting innovation policy with the Australian Technology Network suggesting reform could forge closer collaborations between universities and industry. While key research drivers like the science and engineering sectors have expressed horror at the extent of funding cuts to their disciplines, the ATN argues in its submission to the Senate inquiry on improving innovation that “equitable” fee deregulation could help. ATN … [Read more...]

Deregulate fees to help innovation?

 The Australian    |     22  August 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………  The debate over deregulating university fees is now infecting innovation policy with the Australian Technology Network suggesting reform could forge closer collaborations between universities and industry. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… While key research drivers like the science and engineering sectors have expressed horror at the extent of funding cuts to their disciplines, the ATN argues in its submission to the Senate inquiry on improving innovation that “equitable” fee deregulation could help. ATN executive director Vicki Thomson told The Australian that fee deregulation could encourage … [Read more...]

ATN seeks new Executive Director

 22  August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With Vicki Thompson moving on to the Group of Eight, the Australian Technology Network is seeking a new Executive Director.  Applications close 8 September. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………   The position of Executive Director, Australian Technology Network presents a unique opportunity for a highly motivated individual who wants to make a significant contribution to policy direction in the higher education sector, has superior public advocacy and media communication skills and a proven ability to engage with industry and the professions to achieve mutually benefi cial outcomes. The ATN brings together  fi ve … [Read more...]

Australia’s universities

 13  August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Scan has added new pages about Australia's universities. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Australia’s universities              Australian university profiles              Australian university groups             Universities Australia            Group of Eight            Australian Technology Network of Universities            Innovative Research Universities            Regional Universities Network            Ungrouped universities … [Read more...]

Types of Australian Universities

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………This is description of   Australia's various university groups is  by RMIT adjunct professor Gavin Moodie. …………………………………………………………………………………………………....................................  The first and best established group of Australian universities is of course Universities Australia, formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee. The organisation that ultimately became Universities Australia was formed at a conference held in Sydney in May 1920 of Australia’s then six universities. However, the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee wasn’t formally established until just before WWII to lobby the Commonwealth government to fund ‘State’ … [Read more...]