The proportion of Australian university students who want to found a business after they graduate is increasing fast and is now around 16%. But most of their courses perpetuate an ‘employee mindset’.
New Education Minister Jason Clare should move quickly to fix a deeply flawed funding system.
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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.
A teacher works with students in a computer lab.
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Without university-level programs to provide teacher training for advanced computer science, states will not be able to offer high-quality computer science education to all students.
We live in a world of spoken, visual and written communication, but the third mode continues to dominate teaching and assessment in university communication courses.
Pre-pandemic research about courses offered online and in-person found students took online courses selectively and strategically.
Some promoters of educational technology see COVID-19 as a ‘tech reckoning’ for professors who refused to accept progress. But before the pandemic, many students also preferred in-person classes.
The world today needs a critical understanding of religion, not a return to the historical tradition of universities dominated by faith-based study.
The Job-Ready Graduates policy aims to remove ‘the misalignment between the cost of teaching a degree and the revenue that a university receives to teach it’. But new research challenges its costings.
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.
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More people are learning what they want, wherever they want.
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Technology has disrupted the way universities offer courses, the types of skills we will need, and the duration for which we will need them. Here are three things universities must do to survive.
Low attainment levels are presenting universities with big challenges.
Having a set curriculum for academic courses is leading to poor learning outcomes in students, as students’ needs aren’t being catered to.
Should universities be allowed to deregulate fees for some courses?
If the flagship policy does not end up driving choice or quality, it is hard to see it gaining support.
Students pay between $6,256 and $10,440 for a university degree, depending on which course they choose to study.
After almost a decade of failed processes to reform the current funding system, the government must produce a revised system that improves the quality of outcomes for students in all courses.
Is it fair that students pay different amounts for university courses?
Students currently pay higher fees for courses that lead to jobs with typically higher wages. But not all students find, or want, a job in their area of study. Should all students then pay the same amount for their university degree?