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Crackdown looming on short courses

DET     |      30 January 2018 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Commonwealth Government has released discussion papers on unduly short VET courses and training product reform. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The consultation paper on unduly short courses follows ASQA’s report in June 2017 that recommended defining and setting of mandatory training requirements under certain circumstances and related obligations for providers. ASQA made three recommendations. Recommendation one ASQA proposes that a definition of the ‘amount of training’ that focuses on supervised learning and assessment activities be included in the Standards for Registered Training … [Read more...]

Academic Gongs 2018

26 January 2018 895 Australians  have been recognised with Orders of Australia on Australia Day 2018, 641 In the General Division (basically, civilians). As always, members of the tertiary education sector featured strongly in the honours list, with 119 awards (about 19% in the General Division), particularly in the upper categories.  People associated with the tertiary sector received 11 out of the 16 Companion awards (68%), 27 out of 68 Officer awards  (40%),  62 of 170 Member awards (36%), for 40% of the higher awards (a proportion which has actually increasing considerably over time) .  In the most common category,  Medal of the Order, only 19 of 387 awards were tertiary sector related … [Read more...]

“Uni funding freeze could cut 10,000 places”: UA

17 January 2018 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… An initial shortfall of almost 10,000 student places will not be funded this year due to the Government’s freeze on university funding, modelling by Universities Australia forecasts. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… As the main round of university offers go out to prospective students across the country this week, federal funding cuts will leave a projected 9,500 places unfunded by Government in 2018. Universities Australia Chief Executive Belinda Robinson said the $2.2 billion cut announced just before Christmas had put Australia’s universities between a rock and a hard place. “Universities are determined to honour … [Read more...]

Study Group to be deregistered

ASQA      |   16 January 2018 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has cancelled the registration of Study Group Australia Pty Limited as a provider of vocational education and training (VET) services, for significant non-compliance with the requirements of the VET Quality Framework. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Study Group Australia trades under multiple business names including ACPE Academy, Martin College, Australian Institute of Applied Sciences, Embassy English, Taylors College, ANU College, Flinders International Study Centre, and Taylors Unilink.  At August, Study Group VET providers had about 4,000 … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 15 May 2017

Federal budget unveils a new model of skills funding The federal budget saw a new model of funding for vocational training, with the announcement of a skills fund that will support state and territory-led projects that meet defined Commonwealth criteria. The $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund effectively replaces the National Partnership Agreement on Skills and aims to create 300,000 new apprenticeships over four years. States and territories will be required to put forward projects, provide matching funding, and achieve agreed milestones. The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews told a post-budget breakfast that the fund "marks an unprecedented … [Read more...]

Resourcing Australia’s tertiary education sector

LH Martin Institute Australian Government expenditure on tertiary education has been consistently at 0.8% of GDP since 2000. There has not been a ‘blowout’ in tertiary education spending. If there is a problem, it is simply that the Government needs to bring the Budget back into balance. The contribution that can be made to that objective from the tertiary education sector is at best modest, writes Mark Warburton. While direct expenditure on higher education student places under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) has increased considerably since 2008, this has been substantially offset since 2011 by 13 major savings measures which have reduced spending in other programs of support for … [Read more...]

Federal Budget 2017

The Conversation | 9 May 2017   Students interrupted Simon Birmingham’s speech on planned higher education reforms. Katina Curtis/AAP University fees and cuts Gwilym Croucher, Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne: The government has confirmed the package of changes it announced a week ago with significant cuts. Students in particular will pay more, a lot more. Student contributions will increase by 1.8% each year between 2018 and 2021 for a total 7.5% increase. This means they will pay 46%, instead of 42%, of the cost of their degree on average. So, for a four-year course, this is an increase in total student fees of … [Read more...]

Bannner

With Gonski gone, The government see private schools as the solution to quality Amateur  astronomer discovers a galaxy far, far away Learning takes off with OUA and Virgin. The Apostrophe Protection Society aims to save the much abused punctuation mark.     … [Read more...]

The Scan

Edition #   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The News ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Scan in 2015 This year’s top ten reads were heavily skewed towards the “VET crisis” and attempts by authorities (rather belatedly in our view) to stamp out the obvious rorting, particularly in VET FEE-HELP funding, which has been truly scandalous. In fact, the number one post this year on The Scan is also the number one post of all time and by … [Read more...]

2 column

Enrolment stuff up 6 January 2016    |     Up to 14,500 university applicants told before Christmas that they had won a place at Victoria University (VU) have now been told it was a “system” error. VU sent out emails on Christmas Eve, informing applicants they could enrol in their preferred course. But on Monday 4 January, those same students received another email in which the university’s general manager of student administration wrote: “We regret to advise that this email was sent as a result of a system error. All applications are still being assessed by our admissions team.”  It’s a cockup, even if the error affects hundreds of applicants; if it runs into thousands, it’s monumental … [Read more...]