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The Scan # 168 7 May 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pyne's research budget fix 8 May 2015     |     Science research infrastructure that was threatened by the government’s controversial higher education reforms will receive a $300 million lifeline in next week’s budget – but at the expense of other research funding. Cutting the $1.8 billion a year research block grants is an easier option that doesn’t needing parliamentary approval or targets specific projects, but it will still hurt research it’s reported that funding for the National Collaborative and … [Read more...]

Victorian VET Funding Review announced

10 February 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The new Victorian Labor government has announced a comprehensive, independent review of the funding of Victoria’s vocational education and training (VET) system, as presaged during the election campaign. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……  Minister for training and skills Steve Herbert says the VET Funding Review will provide a more sustainable model for public TAFE Institutes and private training providers. According to Herbert, the former Liberal government left Victoria’s training sector in crisis. Government contributions to public TAFEs fell from $733 million in 2011 to $468 million in 2014, leaving many … [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...]

Higher education outside the universities: a better option?

Grattan Institute  |  3 July  2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The likely extension of commonwealth student subsidies to non-university providers portends big changes for the higher education sector. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Australia has around 130 higher education providers outside the university system. They are a diverse group, ranging from large multinational companies to small theological colleges to the TAFEs now offering degrees. Together they enrol more than 70,000 students. These numbers could increase significantly in the future as a result of the government accepting a recommendation of the review of the demand driven funding system, to … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 16 June 2014

TDA role on post-Budget consultation: Education Legislation and Financing Working Group SA Government breaks with federal Labor to support sub-bachelor higher education reform – Australian Financial Review Tertiary education leaders including TDA have been invited by the Department of Education to take part in detailed post-Budget consultations on government plans for deregulation of universities, and higher education funding. Martin Riordan, Chief Executive of TDA, was nominated for the Working Group, which met in Melbourne late last week. Senior departmental briefings will follow this week with university, TAFE and private college providers. TDA will be consulting with its TAFE higher … [Read more...]

The Scan’s most viewed posts 2013

15 December 2013 In 2013, over 700 items were posted on The Scan (down from about 900 in 2012).   There were some surprises.   The short obituary on Peter Redlich attracted a surprising number of views because he died suddenly (although he'd been ill for some time), being Jewish, he was buried within 24 hours and a full obituary wasn't published for some weeks, so as word spread, people ended up at The Scan via search engines.  An increasing amount of traffic comes to The Scan by way of search engines:  The Scan "archive" of items is now approaching 2000 (it totals more than posts of over 1600 because a post may contain several items).   The Scan of 22 March 2012  is a perennial … [Read more...]

The Scan in October 2013 : Most read items

1 November 2013 Why TAFE matters 25 October 2013  |  The insightful Leesa Wheelahan will soon be decamping the LH Martin Institute to take up the at the University of Toronto.  Here she reflects on the challenges facing the TAFE sector as a result of “VET reform”, which she suggests can only result in a greatly diminished role for TAFE, at great community and social cost....[ READ MORE ]....  Hockey rules out privatisation of HECS 18 October 2013     |    Treasurer Joe Hockey has  hosed down speculation that the government plans to “privatise” student debt, following claims that the right to recoup loans worth about $23 billion may be “sold off” to the private sector. But education … [Read more...]

Why institutions matter – why TAFE MATTERS

  25 October 2013 The insightful Leesa Wheelahan will soon be decamping the LH Martin Institute to take up the William G Davis Chair of Community College Leadership at the University of Toronto.  Here she reflects on the challenges facing the TAFE sector as a result of "VET reform", which she suggests can only result in a greatly diminished role for TAFE, at great community and social cost.  It's not an uncommon view: recently retired Holmesglen Institute director Bruce Mackenzie says TAFEs might  disappear entirely from some states in less than a decade due to "state government meddling and federal government indifference ".  He does suggest that "re-invention" involving TAFEs in … [Read more...]

The Scan | #139 | 27 September 2013

 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pyne sends mixed message 27 September   2013   |   In his first interview as education minister, Christopher Pyne says his priorities are to “repair” international education, reduce red tape and review the demand-driven system.  Pyne said that international education issues would be tackled “sooner rather than later”, given the economic impact of a 20% to 25% decline in Australia’s biggest non-mining export industry. he nominated reducing universities’ regulatory load as the other high priority, guided by the recommendations of the recent … [Read more...]