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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...]

Communications manager- vacancy

Position number: 31724 Cross-sell and upsell focus Package of up to $99k including 9.5% superannuation  Full-time, up to 12-months position, based at our Hawthorn campus ______________________________________________________________________ Swinburne is an incredible place to work.  Inclusive and diverse, ranked in the top 3% of universities in the world, and packed full of talented people, we exist to change the world for the better and to give our students the confidence they need to achieve their goals. We’re looking for an enthusiastic communications leader to help us improve student progression rates between different levels of our outstanding … [Read more...]

University offers favour wealthy and realistic students

Quelle surprise? The Age    |    18 January 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With tens of thousands of students around Australia receiving university offers this week, new research shows it is wealthier students with realistic expectations who achieve ATARS above 70 who mostly benefit. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   The research by La Trobe and Swinburne universities reveals that poor students are twice as likely to receive no university offers than wealthier students. They are also 60% more likely to reject university offers. Students who are overly ambitious and fail to match their university application to the reality of their ATAR are less … [Read more...]

Lilydale to re-open

ABC News 19 October 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The former Swinburne TAFE campus at Lilydale, in Melbourne's outer-east, will reopen next year, three years after it closed due to funding cuts by the former Victorian government. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The campus was forced to close following $300 million of cuts made to the wider sector by the former Baillieu government, which argued at the time that spending had to be reined in. A new deal has been reached with Box Hill Institute to reopen the TAFE, which will offer vocational and higher education courses from 2016. The Andrews Government said the Lilydale Campus would also be home to one of … [Read more...]

Rising stars

30 April 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 Rankings 2015 is a ranking of the top 100 universities under 50 years old.  As the blurb pus it, " it provides a glimpse into the future, showcasing not those institutions with centuries of history, but the rising stars which show great potential."  The ranking measures universities on research, citations, teaching, international outlook and industry outcome.  In all,  16 Australian universities are listed, the largest national contingent, with University of Technology Sydney being the highest ranked. Swinburne University of Technology entered the ranking for the first time,  which Swinburne’s … [Read more...]

Uni surpluses don’t reflect “underlying position”

The Australian | 16 April 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………   Victoria’s vice-chancellors have warned that their universities’ surpluses are artificially “inflated” and may bear little relation to reality. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Among other pressures, the end of the Education Infrastructure Fund means need to generate healthy surpluses to fund future investments. Victorian Vice Chancellor’s Committee chair and La Trobe vice-chancellor John Dewar says: This is the only way a university can fund a capital program given that there are no longer any sources of government funds for capital projects. By and large, universities operate with very low … [Read more...]

The Scan #167 16 April 2015

Student debt growing rapidly as compliance declines 16 April 2015   |    With student debt ballooning, reform of the FEE-HELP system (HECS) is now a pressing budget issue with the nation’s second biggest financial asset, after the Future Fund, being eroded as one in five debtors renege on their loans. That figure is expected to rise to 25% by 2017. The government will have more than $70 billion in unpaid university student loans on its books in another two years, double the figure owed in 2013-14. According to researchers Richard Highfield and Neil Warren, the loans system is being compromised by successive governments’ commitment to increasing participation in tertiary education while not … [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...]

More or less regulation?

The Conversation     |    23 March 2015 Seeking coherence in tertiary education ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The federal government’s proposed higher education reforms failed spectacularly in the Senate again last week. Before the government tries a third time to secure support for a policy that has been difficult to sell, Swinburne University vice-chancellor Linda Kristjanson writes that the government  needs to learn from past mistakes in the tertiary education sector and think carefully about how to move forward. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Australians rejected deregulation because it wasn’t fair for all The debate has advanced since the … [Read more...]

The Scan 13 February 2015

Edition # 166 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Higher ed reforms referred back to Committee 12 February 2015 | Labor, the Greens and four independent senators (Senators Xenophon, Lambie, Muir, Rhiannon and Lazarus) have joined forces to establish another inquiry into higher education reform, to report by 17 March. The committee will consider alternatives to deregulation, likely future demand for places and implications on student loans, research infrastructure and regional provision. The inquiry will also look to investigate “the appropriateness and accuracy of government … [Read more...]