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Under a demand driven system, poor students are finding more opportunities to attend university. from

Uncapping of university places has not failed disadvantaged students

While on the face of it a 1.5% increase in the number of disadvantaged students going to university might seem minimal, in real terms this is genuinely significant.
University attrition or ‘drop-out’ rates are at their highest level since 2005. from

Uni drop-out rates show need for more support, not capped enrolments

The latest Selected Higher Education Statistics have revealed an increase in student attrition, or the percentage of students commencing in 2013 who neither completed nor re-enrolled in 2014.
Academics want to conduct blue sky research, but that’s not why people pay to go to university. from

Keeping public priorities in public universities

Knowledge for the sake of knowledge is important, but universities, as public institutions, have a responsibility to fulfil their public role too.
Expansion of the demand driven funding system would be a positive outcome for students, but an expensive one too. AAP

Defeat of higher ed bill should ease budget pressures

In recent years higher education enrolments have surged. This is triggering many policy issues including ballooning student debt.
Students with low ATARs are less likely to graduate from university, but very likely to leave with debt. So is it ethical to give places to all-comers? Shutterstock

The ATAR debate: students need to be able to finish uni, not just start it

Controversies surrounding university courses with low ATAR admission requirements have become a January ritual. Once universities make their offers to potential students, debates start over whether widening…
More people are going to university, which means pass rates are dropping in many cases. Flickr/teddy-rised

Does ‘university access for all’ mean lowering standards?

Since the removal of caps on how many people can attend university came into effect, enrolments at Australian universities have grown by close to 40%. Earlier this year the Group of Eight elite universities…
The demand driven system has opened up more university places, but not all equity groups are seeing an increase in their share. AAP

More students in higher ed, but it’s no more representative

The 2013 student data has been released, which includes information on access for groups of students under-represented in higher education. Lately, most of the attention has been on students from low socio-economic…
Vice-Chancellor of Southern Cross University Peter Lee says universities have to consider their social obligations when looking to raise student fees. Supplied

The university funding challenge: competition vs the public good

In tackling the challenge of funding universities, we constantly confront a particular conundrum. Universities are hybrid organisations, straddling the public and private spheres. We are creatures of (mainly…
A financially sustainable higher education sector is one that meets costs through a combination of user charges and government revenue. AAP/Paul Miller

Our expanded higher education sector is delivering, but who should pay for it?

Late last year, education minister Christopher Pyne announced a review of Australia’s demand-driven system (DDS) of higher education. Pyne wants to know if it is: Increasing participation (particularly…
Higher education costs money, so someone always has to pay. Graduate image from

Someone always pays: why higher education is never free

After some speculation, this week education minister Christopher Pyne has said the Coalition has no plans to increase university fees. His comments come after much debate over selling the HELP – formerly…
A new review into how the government will fund university places will report early next year. AAP Image/Julian Smith

New government review to examine uncapped uni places

The government has appointed former Howard government education minister David Kemp and leading education academic Andrew…
The head of Newcastle University explains why we need to keep our universities open. University image from

A Vice-Chancellor’s defence of the uncapped university system

As the new government settles in, there has been heated speculation around major changes to the higher education system. Education minister Christopher Pyne’s comments to the media have raised questions…

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