OECD data can be a cherry-picker’s picnic in local higher education funding debates.
Australian tertiary education policy and funding debates are better served by domestic data.
Tanya Plibersek announced Labor’s plan to conduct a review of the tertiary education sector in March this year.
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 storm clouds above South Africa’s universities could be dissipated with careful fiscal planning.
Alternative scenarios for tertiary funding in South Africa are set out in a completely separate report from the Davis Tax Committee drawing from work done by the higher education department.
At the tertiary level, Australian households and international students contribute more than double the OECD average expenditure.
Australia has the third most expensive education system in the OECD, but we might not be getting what we pay for.
Universities and other not-for-profit entities typically talk about surpluses, not profits.
The fact that a university has a surplus doesn't mean it has a profit to be either reinvested or returned to shareholders. Grants, for example, should be spent on the projects they're intended for.
Black South African students need fewer excuses and more support from universities.
Students from South Africa's public school system battle to cope with the rigorous demands of any university degree without genuine, committed support.