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The Scan #175 11 December 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ News __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ VET FEE-HELP skewering system   11 December 2015      |       Explosive growth in the VET FEE-HELP scheme has masked massive direct public disinvestment in vocational education and training. While a report by NCVER shows a notional growth of 1.7% in 2014 over 2013 (plus $141.0 million, from $8512.4 million to $8653.4 million), it’s all in VET-FEE Help payments: actual direct expenditure by governments, … [Read more...]

Mistakes were made

16 April 2015 Failure of the deregulation package and the way ahead ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The failure of the government to carry the Senate on its proposed higher education reforms can be put down to the government’s arrogance and heavy-handedness and what would politely be called its disingenuousness. Parts of the package were not without considerable merit – for example, extending public subsidies to the students of non-university higher education providers is a long overdue fairness measure and extending them generally to sub-degree programs could considerably improve retention rates. But overall, the package was seen to be poorly conceived and fundamentally … [Read more...]

ALP launches anti uni fee dereregulation campaign

28 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With the Senate inquiry into the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill due to report to the Senate today and the bill expected to be debated this week, the Labor opposition has launched a campaign website and will be running TV ads opposing (what else!) the Bill. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……   … [Read more...]