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Labor proposes to create 10 “polytechnics”

26 June 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A Labor government would establish 10 Commonwealth Institutes of Higher Education , on a trial basis. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   They would involve universities and TAFE Institutes working together to deliver associate degrees and advanced diplomas. At a total cost of A$430 million, 10,000 Commonwealth Supported Places would be available.  These “HECS” places would be funded at 70% of the normal rate. This essentially creates a new layer of tertiary education, not unlike colleges of further education in England and community colleges in the US. Students could study a two year sub-bachelor, higher … [Read more...]

How teaching funds research in Australian universities

28 November 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A report by the Grattan Institute report finds that universities earn up to $3.2 billion more from students than they spend on teaching, and have powerful incentives to spend the extra money on research. International students, who usually generate more revenue per student than domestic students, contribute a substantial proportion of this surplus. The report’s author, Andrew Norton, says the finding is concerning because, while university research matters to Australia, the evidence that it improves teaching is less clear. He observes that direct spending on teaching, by contrast, is far more likely to ensure that universities … [Read more...]

New from NCVER

More comprehensive picture of training emerges NCVER has published total VET activity (TVA) data for the first time. So what does it tell us? The data was reported by 4601 Australian providers following the introduction of mandatory reporting of training activity. This wider collection of training is the start of a transformation that will improve our understanding of Australia's training system. Show more... Creating inclusive learning environments to support students with disability or ongoing ill health The use of both institution-level learning supports and individualised reasonable adjustments improves the likelihood of students with disabilities or ongoing ill health … [Read more...]

NCVER news

  Are vocational streams the key to producing a more adaptable workforce? Vocational streams could offer a framework for creating better connections between qualifications and jobs than the traditional approach based on specific skill sets for narrowly defined occupations.Show more... NCVER's research prospectus is full steam ahead Through the introduction of the new research prospectus, NCVER is investing in a range of applied research issues that governments and key employer and training provider stakeholders identify as being of highest priority to them. Show more... Recognising the prior learning of adult … [Read more...]

Uni teaching grants announced

Universities Australia    |     7 July 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Office for Teaching and Learning has handed out $4.7 million for grants and fellowships in what is likely to be its last funding round before it is wound up and its  role is transferred a new university-based organisation. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The $4.7 million in grants announced by education minister Christopher Pyne  were: $3.2 million for nine grants supporting leading academics to develop and drive innovation in higher education teaching and learning in key priority areas; and $1.5 million for 11 OLT fellowships which will lead change to improve graduate … [Read more...]

Steven Schwartz to chair ACARA

ACARA News | 24 June 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM has been appointed as the new Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Board. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… ACARA CEO, Robert Randall, welcomed Professor Schwartz’s appointment , saying that: Professor Schwartz brings extensive experience in the education sector to his new position as ACARA Board Chair. He has served as a vice-chancellor and president of three universities (Macquarie and Murdoch Universities in Australia, and Brunel University in England). A prize-winning researcher, teacher and author of 13 books, he is also the … [Read more...]

The Scan # 170 29 May 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ News __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Victorian  unis "financially strong" 29 May 2015    |   The Victorian Auditor General has reported that Victoria’s eight universities are in a strong financial position but he was critical of lax procedures governing travel expenditure. The eight universities, and their subsidiaries, generated a combined surplus of $537.1 million for the year ending 31 December 2014. This includes, however, audit adjustments … [Read more...]

Teaching and learning excellence could be budget loser

Universities Australia    |    11 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Universities Australia (UA)  has expressed dismay at media reports  flagging substantial cuts to the Department of Education and Training including through the possible abolition of the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Advisory Committee and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council (ATSIHEAC). …………………………………………………………………………………….......……  UA chief Belinda Robinson says the university sector has not been consulted in relation to any proposed changes and will strongly oppose any moves to downgrade the government's commitment to teaching and learning excellence in … [Read more...]

Simpson defence doesn’t wash

 Fairfax Media     |      1 December 2013 Pyne fails to justify Gonski backflip In ducking and weaving over his lately revealed determination to demolish the National Schools Plan (aka Gonski) - contrary to assurances before the election - education minister Christopher Pyne has deployed all aspects of the Bart Simpson excuse: I didn't do it; You didn't see me do it; and, You can't prove I did it. But as attested by just about all media commentators and state and education ministers (liberal, national , labor and greens) from those jurisdictions that signed up to the plan, 1) he did do it, 2) everyone's seen him do it and  3) it can be proved he did it.   He's got into name … [Read more...]

A quiet revolution in teaching

At a time of some debate about the quality of university education, RMIT vice-chancellor Margaret Gardner says there has been a 'quiet revolution' in university teaching which has seen a steady but significant improvement since the mid-1990s. There has been much recent comment about the quality of university education and it is a topic worthy of more debate.  As we debate, we should recognise that a quiet revolution has occurred in Australian universities beneath the publicity about MOOCS and world rankings. This revolution is seen in the steady but significant improvement in university teaching since the mid-1990s. There have been improvements in various measures, ranging from the … [Read more...]