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The Scan # 178 12 April 2016

TAFE does heavy lifting - TDA 12 April 2016   |    A TAFE Directors Australia (TDA)-commissioned analysis of official data reveals ‘for profit’ private training colleges have gained a massive 75% share of the $3 billion Commonwealth VET FEE-HELP funding, while the public TAFE sector continues to do the “heavy lifting”.  The performance of Australia’s 57 TAFE Institutes emerges strongly, dominating all major state and territory VET-funded ‘fields of education’ and trade apprenticeships. While TAFE delivered 63% of enrolments across the majority of fields of education, Commonwealth allocation of student loans to TAFE fell to just 20% in 2014, and the government’s own emergency legislation to … [Read more...]

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...]

High Wired

The Australian      |    21 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Scan always checks The Australian's  offbeat but always insightful High Wired for its take on higher education issues.  The edition of 21 May is a particularly informative one. Here are snippets. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Cutting to the chase Amid all the welcoming noises about education minister Christopher Pyne’s review of the research training sector, HW was relieved to see the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations finding a different narrative. They made the (obvious) point that the review comes as the government is cutting the research training scheme by 10 per cent — … [Read more...]

LH Martin Newsletter 28 October 2014

Problems reading? Try the web version eNewsletter Tuesday 28 October Featured in this issue Insights 2015 Postgraduate Programs - information sessions 2015 Scholarships now available Emerging Leaders and Managers Program Higher Education Policy Seminar Seeking to appoint an Associate Director Welcome Congratulations Insights Invitation to Participate in a National Summit on Distributed Leadership in Higher Education: Demonstrating Impact Dr Heather Davis The LH Martin Institute is co-sponsoring the first National Summit on Distributed Leadership … [Read more...]

$100,000 degrees? Sure thing!

   24 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Initial reporting on the University of Western Australia's proposed fee structure, announced to a Senate committee inquiry, was tentative, ambiguous and/or wrong: for example, ABC News reported it as a fee increase of “30%”.  In the absence of any documentation, The Scan noted "we don't know whether that's the total price (student contribution plus commonwealth subsidy) or the proposed student contribution.  If the former, that's an increase of around 30% for a degree in humanities disciplines , if the latter.... that's an increase of 160% (based on the 2015 student contribution of $6152 pa - $18,456 over three years)".   We … [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...]

ACPET National Monday Update 21 July 2014

In Focus As the Acting CEO it is important for me to ensure all member services continue to be provided in accordance with members’ wishes.  We received over 390 responses to our member survey and you made some very clear suggestions for improvement even though there was a 90% satisfaction rate with ACPET’s overall performance. There has been a lot going on with all the end of financial year activities and our Auditors being in the office. I have been extremely pleased with the support I have received from all the ACPET staff.... Read more National ACPET's LLN Capable project - working towards our VET sector show case: Employease On 14 - 15 August, … [Read more...]

Policy Online in line for internet award

 17 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Policy Online has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIA). ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… Policy Online has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIA). Policy Online is a database and alert service that provides free access to full text research reports, papers, statistics and other resources essential for public policy development and implementation in Australia and New Zealand. Since being founded as a small project at Swinburne University of Technology in 2002, Policy Online has become an essential resource … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update | #559 | 23 June 2014

In Focus USI Bill passes and Assistant Minister Sussan Ley to also address National Skills Summit Edition 559, 23 Jun The final program will be issued tomorrow but in the meantime we’ve re-jigged the ballroom set-up at the Realm Hotel to squeeze another 16 seats in – so if you want to be there – register now. Student Identifiers Bill 2014 - the introduction of the USI In other news last week, members should be aware that the Student Identifiers Bill 2014 has passed, allowing for the introduction of the Unique Student Identifier from 1 January 2015. The legislation is supported by ACPET as it will ensure students have ready access to a permanent record of their learning, … [Read more...]

The Scan | #154 | 13 June 2014

TEQSA "gardening leave" confirmed 13 June 2014    |    It has been confirmed at Senate Estimates that chief higher education regulator Carol Nicoll has taken indefinite leave and her future is tied to legislation that would restructure the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.  A Bill introduced in late February by education minister Christopher Pyne would spill the positions of TEQSA’s five commissioners, splitting the roles of chief commissioner and chief executive both of which are currently vested in the person of Dr Nicoll. It would also strip away the agency’s broader role in quality assessment.....[ MORE ]…. VET susidy cuts in Queensland 13 June 2014    |    The … [Read more...]