Lower completion rates for rural and remote universities are not necessarily a reflection on the quality of the educational experience they provide, but reflect the demographics of their students.
We take a closer look at some of the common claims made this year to see if there is any truth to them.
A flat-rate fee on all student loans is a fairer economic proposal.
The government has announced it will accept recommendations to make the university admissions process more transparent. But that alone isn't enough.
Research looking at evidence-based teaching in higher education tends to be based more on anecdotes than on large, robust and peer-reviewed data.
A new clause being embedded in a number of university contracts attempts to restrict academics from speaking freely in public debate about issues that are outside their area of research.
Placing greater control over student fees will not lift the quality of student outcomes and ensure the integrity of the qualifications issued.
Students feel they are not getting the support they need, despite research showing that the relationships students have with their lecturers can have a big influence over retention rates.
An independent authority should control the tertiary funding system in Australia in order to best implement policy objectives.
New research shows private VET providers are ill-equipped to tackle the learning needs of vulnerable young people, who are increasingly being enrolled onto these training courses.
While research shows HEPPP has helped to increase numbers of disadvantaged students going to university, more specific evidence is still needed.
Higher education enables people to express a wide range of perspectives that can come together and be challenged.
In determining a replacement for the ATAR, it will be essential to consider the impacts of any such change on the school and vocational education systems.
Australia will face stiff competition from other countries, such as the US and UK, so it must have a clear strategy for how to deepen its engagement with India’s higher education sector.
Research and development investment remains stagnant in Australia. It's time for a new, long-term strategy for research.
At best, there will be no new public money, just shuffling funds between programs. At worst, higher education will help reduce the budget deficit.
One option could be to cut per-student funding and instead raise the student contribution from an average of about 40% to 50%, by raising HECS caps.
Demand for research grants has far exceeded supply, with success rates for grant applications falling to record lows.
Not only does higher education build the economy's skills and knowledge, but that it pays for itself and much else many times over.
Mentoring support and campus visits are a couple of ways of familiarising students with university.