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In short, less advantaged students require significant additional supports, well beyond acknowledging their diverse pathways for entry into a degree program. Alan Porritt/AAP

ANU’s new entrance criteria won’t do much to improve equity

From 2020, ANU will require students to meet co-curricular requirements alongside ATAR. This significant policy shift is meant to improve equity of access, but won't change much.
Tanya Plibersek announced Labor’s plan to conduct a review of the tertiary education sector in March this year. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Six things Labor’s review of tertiary education should consider

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.
Employers’ changing demands for workers with higher education raises legitimate questions about how suitable current higher education is as preparation for employment. Shutterstock

Four ideas for reforming higher education policy-making

Practical ways forward for higher education policy reform include fixing the dysfunctional relationship between higher and vocational education or government-sponsored analysis of the future of work.
New Zealand Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern holds firm on her promise to block Australian students from tertiary education if reforms go through. Reuters

Students will suffer if Australia and New Zealand change tertiary fee agreement

New Zealand's Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern has vowed to take retaliatory action if the Turnbull government changes fee arrangements for New Zealanders studying in Australia.
Our higher education system was devised 30 years ago, so perhaps it’s time for change. Archie Campbell/Flickr

The UK is rethinking university degrees and Australia should too

Degree apprenticeships are being rolled out in the UK. They bridge the gap between technical skills, employment and higher education. Is there scope for something similar in Australia?
For young people leaving school without completing Year 12, a VET qualification is the main way they can continue their education. from www.shutterstock.com

More at-risk young people are turning to private VET providers

New research shows private VET providers are ill-equipped to tackle the learning needs of vulnerable young people, who are increasingly being enrolled onto these training courses.
The government shouldn’t be trying to deregulate one half of the tertiary education sector while re-regulating the other. Flickr/Stpehen D. Strow

More or less regulation? Seeking coherence in tertiary education

Before the government tries a third time to secure support for university fee deregulation, it needs to learn from past mistakes in the tertiary education sector and come up with a plan.

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