Labor has promised to review the tertiary education sector if elected next year. There are some major issues, and some examples from abroad they should consider.
Funding debates dominated most education policy talks in 2017, but discussions look to be extending past the dollar value in 2018 with a number of high profile reports due for release.
A number of universities around the world are providing free textbooks to first year university students as a way to increase retention rates.
The government should add a 'super payment option' that allows graduates to offset the cost of their HELP repayments.
Students who take longer to complete their degree will be hit hard by fee hikes.
We shouldn't take the government’s own budgetary savings rationale at face value.
It takes a combination of formal and informal learning to equip academics to become better teachers. Universities need to encourage both approaches.
Students will now have to pay back more of their loan, and repay quicker.
Hidden in the detail of the latest higher education reform package, there are talks of creating teaching-only universities.
Higher education reform means more pain for students and universities with long lasting consequences.
Prevention messages by universities are often directed at the victim and what she or he can do to avoid being raped. This may then deter reporting of the incident.
Our need for unbiased, well-researched information has never been greater.
How we calculate university drop-out rates must be amended to reflect the changing cohort of university students, who often dip in and out of study and take longer to complete their degree.
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.