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The government’s options for higher education reform come with significant trade offs. from www.shutterstock.com

Rushed reform benefits no one in the end

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.
Students aged 25 and over are twice as likely to drop out than students aged 19 and under. from www.shutterstock.com

Which students are most likely to drop out of university?

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. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Kenya’s universities are in the grip of a quality crisis

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.
The year’s nearly ended, but we’re still not sure how to best fund our universities. from www.shutterstock.com

2015, the year that was: Education

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…
A change in minister needs to mean a change in tack with regard to higher education. Sam Mooy/AAP

Four things the new minister should do on 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. Flickr/Information services @ Bond

OECD comparisons don’t prove our unis are underfunded

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.

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