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Deakin doesn’t see a future at Warrnambool

But Federation Uni does ABC News  |    11 March 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Deakin University is considering withdrawing from its Warrnambool campus, about 250km south-west of Melbourne, amid a steep decline in student numbers, from 1,342 students in 2011 to a forecast 872 students this year. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Deakin vice-chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander says the university hopes to maintain the campus, but that "all options" are on the table. Den Hollander has made it pretty clear that the preferred option is another provider - such as Federation University -  taking over the campus but if that can’t be negotiated then closing the campus … [Read more...]

NCVER News #342 17 December 2014

Transitions of young Australians continue to change If you’re looking for a snapshot of recent research and data on young people in Australia, take a look at Youth transitions in Australia: a moving picture. Incorporating a summary from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth annual report, it includes: How students’ aspirations affect educational outcomes. The importance of schools in transition to post-school study and academic success. Data on post-school qualifications and employment. For more information: Youth transitions in Australia: a moving picture Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) annual report 2013  Does scored VET in Schools help or hinder … [Read more...]

Students opt for university over VET

NCVER     |     11 December 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The introduction of the uncapped demand-driven system for universities is seemingly driving changes in participation in tertiary education, with far fewer young people undertaking vocational education and training (VET) in favour of higher education, according to a report published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Young people in education and training 2013. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The report showed 55.4% of 15 to 19 year olds are at school; 15.6% are in higher education; 5.1% are undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship; and 5.3% are enrolled in … [Read more...]

NCVER Insights 31 July 2014

Students’ engagement with their school is set by the time they reach the age of 15 To what extent can school characteristics influence student engagement at age 15 years? Show more… Will my qualification land me a job in that area? The proportion of VET graduates employed in the occupation for which they studied varies greatly by industry. But is all lost for those employed in other occupations? Show more… Widening participation through education and training Education and training have the power to transform people’s lives. But how do we engage disadvantaged learners in education? Show more… Readiness to meet demand: Five key industry growth … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 4 August 2014

Forrest review says TAFE funding and courses should be decided by employers TAFE Directors Australia has labeled proposals to bypass TAFE and universities with TAFE divisions under the Forest Review of Indigenous employment as “missing the mark” and likely to result in hundreds of millions of dollars in duplication. Martin Riordan, CEO of TDA, said while the approach by Mr Forest was commendable to improve the capacity for indigenous communities to enter employment, it ignored the demand-led industry system of VET training being implemented by the states and territories. In its report, Creating Parity, the Forrest Review recommends that all publically funded vocational education and … [Read more...]

Setting non-university student subsidy gets tricky

17 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With the Higher Education Legislation and Financing Working Group having delivered its advice to the government on extending public subsidies to student places at non-university higher education providers, the speculation is that it will be proposing a considerably lower rate for these providers and for sub-degree programs. The Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET) isn’t particularly happy. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… A review of budget documents by The Australian indicates that if the higher education reforms announced in the Budget are implemented, undergraduates can expect to attract an … [Read more...]

Macquarie takes a new path

17 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Macquarie University is to end an 18 year association with private provider Navitas to establish its own c ollege for domestic and international students seeking a pathway from high school into university.. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… The University’s pathway programs are currently managed by the private higher education company Navitas through the Sydney Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT),  which operates the university’s city campus. SIBT has been providing pre-university Certificate and Diploma Programs. Upon successful completion of a SIBT Diploma, students can enter the appropriate Macquarie … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 557, 9 June 2014

In Focus Great news for VET and a tussle in higher education... As members will have seen from ACPET's comments on Friday on our social media platforms - we are as pleased as our RTO members with news that from 1 July ASQA will automatically update scope of registration for equivalent training package products and not charge fees for these administrative changes. Details have been sent by ASQA to all RTOs it registers. In case you missed it, the information is on the ASQA website. ... Read more National ACPET's Health Check offer for members As part of members’ renewal for 2014/15, ACPET is offering a $500 discount on any of its Health Check services … [Read more...]

Review recommends extension of demand system

 14 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The review of the demand driven funding system report has concluded that the demand-driven funding system, introduced as the keystone of the Rudd government’s “higher education revolution, has been a success and should be extended. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... The review of the demand driven funding system report has concluded that the demand-driven funding system, introduced as the keystone of the Rudd government’s “higher education revolution, has been a success and should be extended. Commissioned by the government in November 2013 to examine the impact of the system on … [Read more...]

RUN supports demand system and relaxation of fee caps

Regional Universities Network    |      3 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Regional Universities Network (RUN) says the continuation of the demand driven student system for bachelor degrees and its expansion to sub-bachelor degrees is important for regional Australian economies and communities. It also supports the option for universities to forgo Commonwealth Supported Places and uncap tuition fees on a course by course basis. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… In an opinion piece published in the Australian Financial Review (3 March 2014), the chair of RUN, Professor Peter Lee, called for regional economies to diversify, the uncapping of … [Read more...]