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.
The reduced rate of funding to universities (of up to 17%), per place, for national priority courses sends perverse messages to universities.
The implications of the government's announcement are about more than incentivising the career trajectories of students. They are a direct assault on the premise of universities.
The government has more than doubled the cost of humanities degrees to encourage 'job-ready' graduates. But on what evidence?
The education minister has outlined reforms to higher education funding aimed at producing 'job ready graduates'. But his announcements don't seem completely in line with the data.
At the current rate, technical and vocational education and training will overtake the university budget in the next five to 10 years
Nigeria's higher education system is the biggest on the continent but it lags behind on research output.
With a budget surplus in sight, it makes no sense to cut funding from Australia's research capacity.
In order to regain public confidence, universities must take steps to show citizens that investments in higher education are well-spent, an education professor and university professor argue.
Australian tertiary education policy and funding debates are better served by domestic data.
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.
The benefits of university are clear and measurable, but we can do more with constructive reform.