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The Scan #179 5 May 2016

A few cuts, no frills 4 May 2016   |   The government has pushed consideration of proposed university reforms, including a 20% cut in funding, out beyond the election, until 1 January 2018.  While it has ruled out full fee deregulation, it has released an options paper, to guide a consultation process, canvassing a range of alternative fee measures which would still see substantial fee rises.  The 2016 Budget also sees an efficiency dividend of $1.2 billion on legislated dropped but the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program has been cut by $152 million to $553 million over four years.  The Office of Learning and Teaching has been abolished, with the resulting $18 million in … [Read more...]

A few cuts, no thrills for unis in 2016 Budget

4 May 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The government has pushed consideration of proposed university reforms, including a 20% cut in funding, out beyond the election, until 1 January 2018 and it has ruled out full fee deregulation.  It has released an options paper, to guide a consultation process, canvassing a range of alternative fee measures. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The 2016 Budget also sees an efficiency dividend of $1.2 billion on legislated dropped but the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program has been cut by $152 million to $553 million over four years.  The Office of Learning and Teaching has been abolished, with the resulting $18 … [Read more...]

The Scan in May 2015

31 May  2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… In May The Scan posted 60 items and published 3 editions (#168, #169 and #170) .  Regulatory issues in the VET sector continue to attract most reader attention, led by the troubles of  ASX-listed private training provider Vocation.  There's more than one way to skin a cat and it seems that action under consumer protection laws may prove an increasingly  useful way to deal with dodgy providers.  The Victorian consumer protection authority successfully prosecuted one notoriously dodgy provider and the national agency has up to 10 providers in its sights for unethical conduct.  May is, of course, budget month. Universities Australia's … [Read more...]

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 2015 Budget: university sector comment

12 May 2015 …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Research programs  take a hit as universities and students left in policy limbo. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Some positives, but uncertainty remains. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   IRU supports the Government's determination to continue with its plan for major reform of higher education. This requires a major change in approach to develop a package that can gain the needed parliamentary support. This will not be possible for introduction in 2016. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Hidden behind all the hyperbole – cutting research funds is a step too … [Read more...]

The Budget in their own words: Regional Universities Network

12 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Some positives, but uncertainty remains. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Although the 2015 Budget offers some positive measures for higher education, the Regional Universities Network (RUN) is disappointed that the Parliament has still not resolved the long-term, sustainable funding of the sector. The Chair of the Regional Universities Network (RUN), Professor Peter Lee, said that the continuing uncertainty is particularly detrimental to non-traditional students who may lack the confidence and familial history and preparedness – but not the academic ability - to embark on university studies. “The 20 per cent … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

RUN calls for interest cap and scholarships

Regional Universities Network    |    23 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has called for a Competitive Regions Fund, regional scholarships, and an interest rate on HECS/HELP loans to be set at 50% of the Long Term Bond Rate, with the students’ interest rate on the loan capped at 6 per cent.  In its submission to the Senate Committee on the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment (HERRA) Bill, RUN also proposes imposing a threshold on the Higher Education Participation Program (HEPP) to allocate funding to those universities with relatively high proportions and significant catchments of low SES … [Read more...]

Types of Australian Universities

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………This is description of   Australia's various university groups is  by RMIT adjunct professor Gavin Moodie. …………………………………………………………………………………………………....................................  The first and best established group of Australian universities is of course Universities Australia, formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee. The organisation that ultimately became Universities Australia was formed at a conference held in Sydney in May 1920 of Australia’s then six universities. However, the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee wasn’t formally established until just before WWII to lobby the Commonwealth government to fund ‘State’ … [Read more...]