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Kangan/Bendigo merger funded

Bendigo Advertiser   |   24 May 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Bendigo TAFE will receive $64 million from the state government to support its merger with Melbourne-based Kangan Institute. The government expects a further $35 million to be invested by the private sector and the merged institute. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The government says the funding will lead to 55 additional courses being offered in Bendigo, with a focus on health, engineering and management. A National Centre of Excellence for Health and Human Services will be created at the campus with a focus on the health industry.  The centre will be created in partnership with La Trobe … [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...]

The Scan Early Edition 6 August 2013

# 132 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Report recommends reducing regulatory burden 5 August 2013 |  On the cusp of going into caretaker mode, pending the election, the Commonwealth government has released the report of a review examining how red tape can be reduced for universities while also supporting the quality and excellence of Australia's world class university system. Releasing the report, minister for higher education Kim Carr noted that while the report supports the continuing role of the national regulator - the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards … [Read more...]

The Scan Early Edition 16 July 2013

#128 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Go8 argues for tighter entry standards Go8 chairman and University of NSW vice-chancellor Fred Hilmer is pressing higher education minister Kim Carr to clamp down on entry standards, dampening enrolment growth to help save $1.4 billion. Carr is due to meet with peak body Universities Australia this week. Hilmer is responding to Carr’s invitation to bring forward budget-neutral alternatives to $2.8 billion in cuts announced by Labor before this year’s federal budget to be redirected to schools.  Under the plan, entry to undergraduate … [Read more...]

The Scan Early Edition 9 July 2013

# 126 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Call to scrap tax cap Universities Australia has  hosted a meeting of 20 professional peak bodies who are calling on the Commonwealth government to remove a $2,000 per year cap on tax deductions for self-education, which is due to come into effect next July.  Belinda Robinson, chief executive of Universities Australia described the cap as “a tax on learning at the very time when we need to encourage continuous up-skilling of the qualifications needed for a productive, diverse, innovative, knowledge based economy.".....[READ … [Read more...]

The Scan Early Edition 18 June 2013 – #124

_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Not happy Universities launch regional ad campaign against cuts Universities Australia has launched a print advertising campaign in over 80 regional and local areas around the country,  aimed at informing residents of the potential consequences to local economies of the Government's $2.8 billion in cuts to university funding and student support measures.  The regional and local advertising blitz forms part of Universities Australia's $5 million Smartest Investment Campaign which has been running nationally on TV, radio, print and online since the end of February.....[READ MORE]..... Australian … [Read more...]

The Scan Early Edition 11 June 2013 #122

Early Edition | 11 June 2013 | #122 _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Qld opens TAFE assets to private providers 11 June 2013 | The Queensland government has released a “reform action plan”, its detailed response to the report of the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce. Great skills. Real opportunities confirms that full contestability of public funding will be phased in from 1 July 2013, to come into full operation from 1 July 2014. It also takes the concept of “competitive neutrality” to another level in Australia: the ownership of what are now TAFE facilities are to transferred to a new, yet to be determined entity, … [Read more...]

Student charges likely to rise under Coalition: Chapman

The Australian     |      5 June 2013 With the likelihood of a Coalition government in a few months, there's increasing focus on the impact of a change of  g0vernment on the tertiary sector.   At the first of the 2013 Tertiary Education Policy Seminars, Bruce Chapman, creator of the Higher Education Contribution Scheme, said he expected a rise in student contributions (that is, fees), as occurred in 1996.   While he expected it would have little or no impact on student demand because of the safety net provided by the delayed repayment system, Chapman said fee increases could deter mature-age and part-time students, many of whom come from poorer backgrounds (as occurred in 1996). He … [Read more...]

Giving it away for free: sharing really is caring in the open education movement

The Conversation    |    7 June 2013 The New York Times dubbed 2012 the year of the MOOC. And for many, the seemingly unstoppable rise of Massive Open Online Courses – courses which are offered for free by prestigious universities – is where the discussion about open education begins and ends. But MOOCs are only the most visible part of a larger movement, one that is slowly but surely transforming the way we do education and think about educational products and services. Welcome to the world of open educational resources (OER). OERs include everything from peer-created and edited texts and ebooks to sound recordings and videos that are licensed for open use and re-use. Where … [Read more...]

Qld opens TAFE assets to private RTOs

11 June 2013 The Queensland government has released a “reform action plan”, its detailed response to the report of the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce.   Great skills. Real opportunities confirms that full contestability of public funding will be phased in from 1 July 2013, to come into full operation from 1 July 2014.   It also takes the concept of “competitive neutrality” to another level in Australia: the ownership of what are now TAFE facilities are to transferred to a new, yet to be determined entity, which will provide access to public training facilities for private providers as well as the public TAFE institutes. This will leave TAFEs to focus on training while the … [Read more...]