We need a tertiary education funding system that will help get students into courses with employment opportunities at the end of them.
If Labor is to once again uncap university funding, vocational education reform is a vital.
There is also strong public understanding of the benefits that flow from research undertaken in partnership between universities and other organisations.
The freeze on university funding not only limits opportunities for students, it puts limitations on the communities unis serve, the economy, and business interested in forming collaborations.
The main ‘failure’ of the demand-driven system is its success.
The main failure of university expansion is the unwillingness to fund it. Costs are certainly escalating, but priorities are always political as well as financial.
Under a demand driven system, poor students are finding more opportunities to attend university.
While on the face of it a 1.5% increase in the number of disadvantaged students going to university might seem minimal, in real terms this is genuinely significant.
University is no longer just a place for high achievers.
Each December we celebrate students who achieved an ATAR Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.95. In January, we are awed by what you need to study subjects such as medicine, or horrified that…
As they get more crowded, Australian universities want greater control over the fees they charge.
Giving universities the power to charge more for their top courses would ensure they could offer a “premium” education…
As university offers increase, the proportion of lower performing school leavers who take them will rise sharply.
The proportion of low performing school leavers who enter university is likely to rise sharply from this year, potentially…