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.
Liberal higher education policy is obscure; perhaps deliberately so. But the conclusion is clear. Unless students are required to pay significantly more, universities will face major cuts.
A new report offers recommendations for how to best reform the education system in India.
Pyne talked more about changing taxes and incentives to stimulate growth and industry, whereas Carr had clear plans for government investment.
The huge growth in student numbers is restricting the government’s capacity to increase levels of public funding per student and for research.
The main failure of university expansion is the unwillingness to fund it. Costs are certainly escalating, but priorities are always political as well as financial.
Labor's policy essentially creates a new layer of tertiary education that would involve universities and TAFE Institutes working together to deliver associate degrees and advanced diplomas.
For-profit colleges and universities have been in a lot of trouble. But the case of Trump University is different. To start with, it cannot even be called a for-profit university.
Universities deemed excellent at teaching will be allowed to raise their fees in line with inflation.
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 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.
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.
While schools receive an extra $1.2 billion in funding for 2018-20, reforms for higher education are delayed by a further year.