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Christopher Pyne could separate some higher education reforms into a bill on their own, along with enough savings measures to make them budget-neutral. AAP/Lukas Coch

Demand-driven higher ed reform possible without fee deregulation

It would be a great shame if trying to achieve too much in higher education reform meant that the federal government achieved nothing at all.
It seems the desired effect of Pyne’s uni reforms is to stratify the system, making the top unis better and the middle-tier unis worse. A progressive tax would allow him to achieve this goal. AAP

HECS tax would have Pyne’s desired effect: stratifying unis

It seems the desired effect of Pyne's uni reforms is to stratify the system, making the top unis better and the middle-tier unis worse. A progressive tax would allow him to achieve this goal.
Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Peter Dawkins says we need to find a way through the higher education impasse, but not a poorly made or hasty one. Provided

How to break the higher education impasse

Higher education reform in Australia has entered a delicate phase. The current impasse must be broken, but any move to do so too quickly carries the risk of an outcome that serves neither students nor…
Would capping domestic fees at international student prices see fees soar? Shutterstock

Market caps would limit $100,000 university degrees

In recent media reports, higher education policy experts Peter Noonan and Gavin Moodie dismiss the use of international student fees as an indirect “market cap” for domestic fees. Independent senator Nick…
Tertiary education is of both private and significant public benefit. AAP Image/Julian Smith

Fact Check: is tertiary education of private benefit?

I’ve always argued that tertiary education is a private benefit, I’m happy for taxpayer funding of primary and secondary education but tertiary education results in a higher salary. - Senator David Leyonhjelm…
In the absence of public appetite to invest in public education, a measure of fee deregulation is the only way left to fund education quality to a reasonable standard. AAP/Alan Porritt

Glyn Davis: why I support the deregulation of higher education

Over recent weeks, some staff have written to vice-chancellors, urging them to reject the university deregulation measures advocated by federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne. Public universities…
The government’s ad spruiking proposed changes to higher education. Is it legal? And if so, should it be? Youtube screen grab

The difference between government advertising and political advertising

The federal government’s recent television advertisement spruiking the benefits of the proposed changes to higher education have raised the ire of not only the opposition but also taxpayers who have reportedly…
The Dawkins reforms to higher education in 1989 saw the creation of HECS and arguably the biggest shake-up of higher education the country had seen - but how did it come about? AAP

Cabinet papers 1989: Hawke government considered interest on HECS

The release of the 1988-89 cabinet documents show that the Hawke government’s plans for Australian higher education were in some ways as radical as the policies that Education Minister Christopher Pyne…
Higher education got the most attention it’s had in decades, thanks to the proposed shake up by this man. AAP

2014, the year that was: Education

While 2013 was all about schools and their funding (remember Gonski, anyone?), 2014 was the year of higher education reform. Or, at least, proposed higher education “reform”. With cuts to higher education…
The cost of a degree just keeps rising. Is it still worth it? Shutterstock

College grads still earn a premium — if they can find a good job

The early admissions deadlines for universities across the country have come and gone, and acceptance letters are on their way. But with the cost of a four-year college education rising an average of 5…
Not a full picture. Missing puzzle pieces via tadamichi/Shutterstock

Game-playing of the REF makes it an incomplete census

Research assessment is only partly reliable as an indicator of the real quality of the work going on in higher education. It has a dual character. On one hand it is rooted in material facts and objective…
A little bit of impact goes a long way. Chones

The impact of impact on the REF

For the first time, the “impact” of academic research on the wider world has been included in a large-scale assessment of the quality of university research, which has just been published. One-fifth of…
If Pyne’s deregulation plan for unis fails to pass the Senate again, there are some alternatives that will preserve our higher education system. AAP

What if Pyne’s uni plan fails again? Some sensible alternatives

The government will introduce amended legislation for higher education reform into the Senate next year for further debate. But how do we keep higher education sustainable if the package is torpedoed again…

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