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Prestige matters….

 Grattan Institute      |      13 October 2014 ....but courses matter more ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Bachelor-degree graduates of Australia’s sandstone and technology universities earn about 6% more over a 40-year career than do graduates of Australia’s other universities, a new Grattan Institute report reveals.  The report -  Mapping Australian higher education, 2014-15 -  also shows that course taken has a bigger effect on income than university attended. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Technology universities – including RMIT, Curtin University and Queensland University of Technology – are much lower in international university rankings than sandstone … [Read more...]

The Scan | Edition #161 | 29 August 2014

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pyne introduces reform bill   28 August 2014   |    The government introduced its higher education reform legislation into Parliament – the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014.  As anticipated, the legislation closely mirrors the announcement on budget night. There is to be fee deregulation with a requirement that 20% of net additional revenue from fee increases be set aside for equity scholarships. Students’ loans through the HELP scheme will be indexed at the 10-year bond rate … [Read more...]

Senate faces choice between good policy or cheap politics – ATN

ATN    |    2 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With the new look Senate now in place there are scary times ahead for the higher education sector, writes Vicki Thomson of the Australian Technology Network. The Senate has already knocked off higher education savings of $435m initiated by the former Labor government – drawing accusations of hypocrisy from education minister Christopher Pyne. This may put at risk other reforms, on cost grounds, such as the extension of Commonwealth Supported Places to students at non-university providers, or the perceived unpopularity of measures such as fee deregulation. Thomson says that the ATN is a reluctant supporter of fee deregulation … [Read more...]

The Scan # 149 15 May 2014

___________________________________________________________________________________________ ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Higher education Higher education spending will rise appreciably in 2014-15, from $8.7 billion to $10.9 billion (25%), with the extension of the demand driven system to sub-bachelor places and non-university higher education providers. Modest further growth is forecast out to 2017-18, to $11.8 billion (9%). The key elements of higher education spending in the 2014-15 Budget, according to Universities Australia. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Extending the demand driven system to sub-bachelor places and non-university … [Read more...]

The Scan # 144 20 December 2013

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Our best wishes for a joyful festive season and a happy and prosperous year in 2014 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ TAFE grants rescinded TAFEs have slammed the government’s decision to shut them out of a competitive capital grants fund, reneging on $76 million awarded by the previous government. 19 December 2013 | The grants, to TAFEs in the Sunshine Coast, … [Read more...]

Submissions to review of demand driven system

19 December 2013Submissions to the review of the demand driven system initiated by education minister Christopher Pyne closed on 16 December 2013.   University sector submissions support its retention and an extension to sub-bachelor places to create pathways for less academically prepared students.  Submissions also propose readjusting fees, including a mechanism to allow full fees (IRU).The introduction of the demand driven system and the removal of almost all caps on undergraduate places appears, on balance, to have been a positive reform for both students and the nation. All indicators suggest that maintaining the demand driven funding system will bring profound benefits for national … [Read more...]

Undergraduate Applications, Offers and Acceptances 2013: Summary

15 December 2013 This report contains applications and offers data received from Tertiary Admissions Centres (TACs) and universities as of 15 May 2013.  It is an update of the data published in the earlier report The Demand Driven System: Undergraduate Applications and Offers, February 2013.  1.1         Highest Preference Applications As of 15 May 2013, there were 275 397 applications made through TACs, an increase of 0.8% compared with 2012.  Applications increased in NSW/ACT (2.0%), SA/NT (2.4%) and Tasmania (6.3%) but decreased in WA (-1.9%), Qld (-0.5%) and Vic (-0.3%). Applications by state and territory, … [Read more...]

ATN “open for business” with new government

ATN Universities   |    8 September 2013 The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) says it looks forward to working with an incoming Abbott Government to ensure universities are central to the  ‘open for business’ agenda of the Coalition Government. ATN Executive Director, Vicki Thomson, said with the Prime Minister-elect declaring Australia is now open for business –it is important to recognise that Universities are an integral part of the business of the nation. “Real solutions for Australia can only be effective with real and immediate action to support the future of Australia’s universities and the crucial role they play in boosting national productivity through … [Read more...]

The Scan 13 August 2013

#133 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ VCs doing OK An analysis  by the National Tertiary Education Union of the 2012 Annual reports of Australia’s 37 public universities shows that their vice -chancellors (VCs) were well financially rewarded for their efforts. In total the VCs received remuneration packages worth close to $30m.   Only one V-C is paid less that the Prime Minister, with most getting considerably more.... [READ MORE] ..... Employers losing faith in training system A  Victorian government-commissioned survey has found that employers are losing faith in the quality … [Read more...]

ATN in Profile July 2013

  ATN’s International Research Base Strengthens with Brazil Signing In a move that aims to further strengthen key international research ties, The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) has become the first Australian university grouping to sign an agreement with the Brazilian government research agency FAPESP. Young Uni Top 100 confirms ATN’s Rapid Rise The recently released Times Higher Education (THE) Top 100 universities under 50 years of age, provides further confirmation that the ATN packs a serious international punch when it comes to university performance.  Four ATN universities appear in the THE Top 100 rankings, including Queensland University of Technology … [Read more...]