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Growth’s challenges

Posted on: April 15, 2014

More students means more pressure on every dollar spent. By Dallas Bastian. Enrolments have surged at universities and TAFEs, according to a recent report, and universities may struggle to deal with the increase. The IBISWorld Report on higher education in Australia also stated the greater demand from domestic students has been largely ...

Not always better by degrees

Posted on: April 7, 2014

The trend towards looking down on mid-level qualifications hurts young people and the economy. By Stuart Middleton. It used to be the practice when starting a career that entry was at the bottom and you learnt the business by working your way up. This was thought to be good for young ...

If you love universities, set them free

Posted on: March 31, 2014

Arguments for a continued interventionist approach to higher education in Australia don’t add up.  By Dr Gwilym Croucher. We can imagine the disbelief in the business community if the prime minister pronounced tomorrow that the government “will deliver great reform to lift productivity across Australian industry by setting up an extensive ...

Training’s fast track to nowhere

Posted on: March 24, 2014

A disturbing ASQA report on training in aged care highlights VET system flaws – shortened courses, invalid assessment and limited work placements – that the regulator must be allowed to fix. By John Mitchell. I remember very clearly making arrangements for my father to move into an aged-care hostel in Adelaide ...

In the heat of the merger

Posted on: March 24, 2014

The hard part for Queensland is confronting adverse challenges as the rate of change accelerates. By Lynne Foley. I speak from deep in the heart of TAFE Queensland reform, as the tough end of merging three TAFE institutes – Brisbane North Institute, Metropolitan South Institute and Southbank Institute of Technology – ...

Uncap sub-bachelor programs, too

Posted on: March 17, 2014

The early evidence suggests the demand-driven system is off to a good start but the ‘perverse’ incentive to underserve students who need more assistance should go. By Peter Dawkins. One of the initial steps of the Abbott Government in its first 100 days was the announcement by education minister Christopher Pyne ...

Green goes a long way

Posted on: March 3, 2014

Universities are finding that incorporating sustainability into their campus design provides benefits in many areas. By Dallas Bastian. Universities are focusing on green construction and design to attract students, cut costs and improve their reputations. Joe Agius, director of Cox Richardson Architects, the company that designed the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings ...

ASQA CEO: Sector needs rigorous enforcement

Posted on: March 3, 2014

Claims the authority is slow and heavy handed don’t stand up to facts; ‘vague’ standards are to blame for problems. By Chris Robinson. In recent months, a number of stakeholders in Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector have taken to the pages of Campus Review to comment on the Australian Skills Quality ...

Web of deceit

Posted on: February 24, 2014

A damning ASQA report raises questions about all online courses and underscores the role market-based policies have contributed to consumer exploitation. By John Mitchell. If online learning is poor quality in one industry, is it poor quality in every other industry? This question, about VET, arises from the recent exposé of poor ...

Greens detest contestability

Posted on: February 17, 2014

Rhiannon says the current model sends too much public funding to private training organisations. By Dallas Bastian. The Greens are calling for an immediate end to TAFE cuts and a complete overhaul of the VET funding system following the release of a Productivity Commission report. The amount of public money funnelling ...