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The future of university finance

A deregulated, student-centred system is not only equitable; it drives quality in institutions, says Steven Schwartz. Rumour has it the Bradley review will open the door to student-centred funding of universities (CR, 09.09.08). As a long-term supporter of giving students ...

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Regional communities need strong universities

A fully competitive higher education sector would destroy the fabric and viability of regional universities, says Garry Carnegie.   Regional universities in Australia are key generators of intellectual and social capital in areas outside the major capital cities, and drive ...

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An argument for randomness

Course selection procedures which give low-SES students a much higher chance of entry could help solve one of the chief equity issues, says Conor King. The challenge of addressing the social imbalance of university entrants is an issue that is ...

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All in the picture

New technologies could embed videoconferencing in teaching and learning, says Beverley Head.   Videoconferencing first made a real splash during the 1989 pilots’ strike when corporate Australia was forced to look for alternative ways to hold interstate meetings. Now, videoconferencing ...

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Compacts not so compact

A compact university is neither efficient or world class. Dario Toncich explains why systems would work. The word compact has become almost as chic in university circles as the word Prius has become in Hollywood circles of environmentally aware celebrities ...

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UNE brouhaha picks up steam

Sir Laurence Street is unlikely to hand over his review of governance issues at the University of New England before the end of the year. Street told Campus Review last Friday that while he understood the review would go ahead, ...

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A surprising omission

There appears little space for regional and rural issues in the Bradley Review, says Dianne Bills and Trevor Gale. The Bradley review is now in full swing, fuelled by a late flurry of submissions from institutions, associations and individuals with ...

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The politics of fear on a warming planet

Success in dealing with climate change will depend on understanding how to change human behaviour, with and without the use of fear, says Carmen Lawrence. As most people now seem to agree, climate change is one of the greatest challenges ...

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The Gordian knot

A report from the OECD attempts to distil global trends in higher education. Despite its valiant effort, it doesn’t quite make it, says Leo Goedegebuure. Digesting all the information brought together by the OECD’s ‘Thematic Review of Tertiary Education’ was ...

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Letter from Japan

David Carter elicited some profound responses from his students in Tokyo on questions of national identity and landscape.   In a system where courses with half a dozen enrolments are considered quite respectable, I was almost patriotically happy to have ...

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