Huge disparities in how much students pay for courses mean graduates of high-fee disciplines will take longer to repay their debts or might never do so. That will ultimately add to government debt.
Reports of big university budget surpluses appear to undermine calls for their federal funding to increase. But a closer look at how the surpluses were achieved reveals why change is needed.
Higher education didn’t feature heavily in the election campaign, yet the sector has high expectations of the new government. The key is the idea of an accord and the change in approach it implies.
The government’s funding boost is a step in the right direction. This is how it will help research avoid the ‘valley of death’ which is the place between the lab and marketplace.
New research shows university students who gained entry via bridging programs outperform others who gain admission through ATARs and other means. They are also more likely to complete their degree.
A recent Title IX lawsuit alleges discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation at religious schools. Two scholars argue that this might be a pivotal moment.
Tuesday’s budget shows a reversion back to the previous policy of keeping total higher education funding broadly stable.
South Africa’s economic challenges and the high number of students from poor and working class families call for a funding model that doesn’t create an affordability crisis for students and the state.
Lockdowns, job loss and university courses struck down: 2020 was a difficult year for Australia’s artists. But there was light through the darkness.
The higher education sector has to re-think what the future of higher education looks like and take steps towards this.
A post-war funding crisis forced universities to take the initiative in making their case to the public. A new history explores how universities did it and the changes they brought about.
Three key policy errors in the legislation mean the Morrison government is unlikely to achieve the stated goals of its package.
Three decades ago, in another time of upheaval in higher education, 7% of working-age Australians had a degree. Today 33% have one. More people than ever have a stake in what happens to universities.
A collapse in revenue and a lack of government support have led to university workforces being decimated to cut costs. This presents a number of longer-term risks for universities and the nation.
Although the government has identified a real problem, its heavy-handed regulation would create unnecessary red tape for universities and exclude students who should get a second chance.
Australia’s higher education sector needs significant reform to remove the perverse incentives that have made universities dependent on revenue from international students.
Vice-chancellors from three South African universities unpack how the COVID-19 pandemic could alter the country’s higher education sector.
Developments in the 80s set the parameters for much of the political discourse around the humanities since.
Experts predict today’s graduates will have several different careers throughout their working life. The government’s university changes seem ignorant of this.
Travel bans, a recession and the government’s university reform package will leave an estimated $4.7 billion gap in research funding that needs filling to maintain our current output.