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The Scan # 169 15 May 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ GDP spending on higher education set to fall to half OECD average 15 May 2015    |    Spending on higher education as a proportion of GDP will fall from 0.56% in 2015 down to 0.48% in 2018, well below the OECD average of 1%, an analysis of the 2015 Budget figures has determined. According to Vin Massaro, an honorary professorial fellow with the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, higher education spending is slated to drop from $9.3bn in 2015, to $8.9bn in 2016, $9.1bn in 2017 and back to $9.3bn in 2018, representing a drop in GDP every year. … [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...]

Higher education policy seminars 2014

6 May 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Has Australia the imagination and will to create and maintain international pre-eminence in higher education? Key issues must be tackled across the next few years if an excellent higher education system is to be designed and built. …………………………………………………………………………………………………....................................   Since 2007 the University of Melbourne has hosted an influential series of high-profile public seminars on higher education policy. With higher education becoming ever more important to Australia’s prosperity it is essential to engage deeply in open discussions of how to plan and steer the tertiary system. The … [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 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 Main Edition 12 July 2013 # 127

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Quality is an issue: Carr Minister for higher education Kim Carr has reiterated his view that the quality of some degrees is under threat because of the vast increase in enrolments of academically under-prepared students.  He said he had been advised that as many as half of all school-leavers entering university with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank below 50 are dropping out.   And that is justification enough for him to put minimum entry requirements on the radar.....[READ MORE]..... ATAR linked to drop out rate There is a direct … [Read more...]

Profiling exercise provides new perspectives on Australian higher education

Research by the LH Martin Institute and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has produced a multi-dimensional profile of every Australian university. Inspired by the European Commission’s U-Map and U-Multirank projects, the research team used data from numerous publicly available sources to present visual maps, or ‘sunbursts’, of each university’s activities and performance in the dimensions of teaching and learning, student profile, research involvement, knowledge exchange and international orientation. Professor Leo Goedegebuure, Director of the LH Martin Institute and one of the project’s researchers, stressed that the profiles are not another attempt to rank … [Read more...]

The Scan Early Edition 4 June 2013

#120 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Polytec network set up 4 June 2013    |   An Australian Polytechnic Network (APN) is being founded by the University of Canberra, Melbourne’s Holmesglen Institute, Northern Sydney Institute, South Western Sydney Institute and Brisbane’s Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE.   The formation of the new grouping follows a decision of the now minister for tertiary education, Craig Emerson, to reverse a decision of former minister Chris Evans to now Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for delivery of University of … [Read more...]

The Scan Early Edition 21 May 2013

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ATARs for uni admission drop marginally 21 May 2013  | Universities are continuing to lower entry scores to maintain expanding numbers, sparking warnings that school inequality is to blame as regional and poor students get left behind. Commonwealth student applications and offer data for this year also show that universities are continuing to recruit into teaching degrees a rising proportion of school leavers with Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks of 50 or less. The proportion of university offers to school leavers with ATARs of 50 or below has doubled over the last two years to … [Read more...]

Napthine falls short: TAFE needs more than a bandaid

   |    14 March 2013 There might be a new premier in Victoria, but it seems there’s still no good news for TAFEs. The $200 million in structural adjustment funding announced this week is certainly welcome, but it is simply too little, too late. The Victorian government should have made such provision almost a year ago when it abruptly took a meat cleaver to TAFE funding, hacking out $300 million. The damage from these cuts has been monumental. But what is more worrying is the way these cuts have signalled a changing role for TAFEs in Victoria with repercussions for the quality of vocational education and the wider economy. Cut to the bone You didn’t need a crystal ball to foresee … [Read more...]