University graduates are vital to creating new jobs, technologies and industries.
Over the next ten years, 40% of jobs are predicted to disappear. Universities will be essential to helping people reskill, upskill and reinvent their jobs.
The government’s options for higher education reform come with significant trade offs.
The onus is now on students, universities and the wider public to make clear where they stand on the options laid out in the discussion paper.
Uncapping fees for some degree courses is still an option.
While the government finally ruled out full fee deregulation in its 2016 budget, it is still contemplating uncapping fees for some degree courses. Here's what else is being discussed.
The Coalition want to standardised literacy and numeracy testing for students in years 1 and 12.
While schools receive an extra $1.2 billion in funding for 2018-20, reforms for higher education are delayed by a further year.
In 2014, less than a third of undergraduates were offered a university place on the basis of their ATAR score alone.
The government wants to make the university admissions process more transparent as a way to provide greater choice. But this fails to recognise how the system currently works.
What should government and students contribute towards university degrees?
Increasing the amount that students pay towards their degree is likely to be on the cards of higher education in this year's election.
What are universities losing in their obsession with competition?
Competition can be a force for positive change. But in its current form, it's setting universities back rather than moving them forward.
Is it fair to say universities are letting employers down?
Young people are pressured into university and many end up in unsuitable courses. We need to recognise these realities and be clear about the purpose of higher education so it doesn't lose its value.
$4 billion of student loan debt is likely to never be repaid by 2025.
Academic experts respond to the latest report by the Parliamentary Budget Office on the impact of student loans on the budget.
Should students pay more towards their degree?
In the May Budget, the government may look for ways to shift the costs of higher education from the taxpayer to the student.
Should we lower the threshold at which graduates repay their university debt?
A new report has called on the government to lower the threshold at which university graduates repay their debt from $54,126 to $42,000. But is this fair on students?
Students aged 25 and over are twice as likely to drop out than students aged 19 and under.
There are some factors which make students more likely to drop out of university than others. Here are four ways universities can help boost retention.
Small classes like these are sadly uncommon in Kenya’s often overcrowded, oversubscribed universities.
Kenya's authorities are trying to deal with declining standards at the country's public and private universities. This will require a strengthened regulatory framework and hard work from institutions.
President Jacob Zuma’s fleeting mention of universities in his speech was merely political expediency.
There was nothing in President Zuma's speech to suggest that he'd really listened to people's concerns about higher education - nor to suggest that any solutions will be forthcoming.
Social media can benefit or harm universities – and it must be carefully managed.
Research suggests that universities in South Africa haven't paid much attention to the potential harm that social media could cause - and the benefits it could create.
The year’s nearly ended, but we’re still not sure how to best fund our universities.
2013 was the year of Gonski; 2014 the year of higher education reform; 2015 has been the year of … hmmm … wait, what actually happened this year? Just a lot of chat really, with much debate, but little…
Anything wrong with unis spending tuition-fee money on research?
A lack of government guidance on how student tuition fees should be used by universities is resulting in money for teaching being spent on research instead.
A change in minister needs to mean a change in tack with regard to higher education.
Higher education policy development should involve learning from the Abbott government's mistakes and other counties where university reform has been successfully achieved.
Saying we’ve the lowest funded university sector in the OECD doesn’t paint the right picture.
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Many point out that in 2011 Australia’s public funding of universities ranked thirty-third out of the thirty-four OECD member countries. However the story is not so simple.
Simon Birmingham has announced the deregulation of university fees will be delayed until 2017 at the earliest.
New Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the Turnbull government will abandon plans to deregulate university fees in time for 2016.