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Subsidising fairness

Commonwealth tuition assistance is no longer limited to universities – a step towards a more equitable system. By Andrew Norton. Australian higher education is dominated by public universities, but this is an accidental policy outcome. The current system’s architects did ...

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Casting breakthrough ensembles

Some of the biggest advancements would be impossible without interdisciplinary collaboration; La Trobe deputy VC of research Keith Nugent spoke to Antonia Maiolo about making it happen when it counts. The research sector needs to recognise the importance of interdisciplinary ...

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Make those industry link future ready

Connections with industry must serve the needs of the nation. By James Arvanitakis. It is obvious that the Australian economy is facing a number of adjustments. The closures of Ford and Holden, as well as the recent announcements from Qantas, ...

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Online study debate rages

Open Universities touts benefits of internet courses whilst others want more hard evidence. By Antonia Maiolo. The head of Open Universities Australia is making his case for why most students achieve better academic outcomes studying online than in traditional face-to-face ...

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Fear of crowds

Academic’s peers brush off his concerns that crowdsourcing could threaten government funding. By Antonia Maiolo. An expert warns that the use of online fundraising to bankroll research could result in public spending cuts. Joe Cox, principal lecturer in economics at ...

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Uncap sub-bachelor programs, too

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 ...

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MOOCs may mean massive overtime

Unions say expansion of online offerings is already adding overburdening staff, adding to casualization. By Dallas Bastian. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are on the rise in Australian universities and some are concerned that they will put more pressure on ...

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Rankings reveal – from the top 3

The leading agencies for international university league tables discuss challenges Australian institutions face in moving up the list. By Dallas Bastian. Australian universities often have mixed results when it comes to international rankings. Some institutions frequently feature amongst the top ...

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Innovators galore

Local universities are contributing mightily to advances in research and Australia should be getting more out of it.  By Mardi Chapman. Foamed bitumen, thermal finger-printing technology, sustainable sports shoe manufacturing and improved weather forecasting are just some of the 50 Solutions ...

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Web of deceit

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 ...

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