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Indigenous owners left their mark on the ANU campus in the form of this scar tree. Now the goal is to increase Indigenous achievements in higher education. ANU

For the first time, Closing the Gap has a higher education target – here’s how to achieve it

The tertiary qualifications target requires higher education providers, schools and communities to work together. But higher education can also help close the gap in the other target areas.
Australia’s public commentary will tell you our spending on tertiary education is much lower than other OECD countries’. from shutterstock.com

Australia’s tertiary education spending grew while commentators cried otherwise: we explain in 6 charts

For years, we’ve heard Australia’s spending on tertiary education is some of the lowest in the OECD. This is only true if you ignore GDP growth. Real spending was actually going up, until 2016.
Many universities use tutorials to complement lectures. from www.shutterstock.com

Research shows students are as good as professors in tutorial teaching

As students return to campuses this week, new research shows universities could save money by not asking professors to teach tutorials because they are no more effective than student instructors.
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.

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