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Opinion: the case for diversity in ATARs

There is endless discussion over university entry scores and their significance. In particular, there are often quite heated arguments in the media over perceived lowering of standards resulting from the enrolment of students with low ATARs. Such is the case ...

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ANU VC Young to step down in 2016

Go8 chair professor Ian Young has announced he will not seek a further term as vice-chancellor of ANU when his current term expires in February 2016. In a statement released on February 4, Young said he planned to turn his ...

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A legacy of learning’s worth

Former PM Gough Whitlam was a champion of higher education and so much more; but he took a particular interest in the fate of the people of western Sydney. By Barney Glover The death of Edward Gough Whitlam touched a ...

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Murdoch’s Higgott resigns amid inquiry

Suspended Murdoch University VC professor Richard Higgott has formally resigned as the WA Crime and Corruption Commission continues its inquiry into his conduct. Higgott was suspended by Murdoch indefinitely on full pay in late September following an investigation by the ...

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Haute zone: the tropics

The challenge is on to expand opportunity in a region whose global significance is already large and growing rapidly. By Sandra Harding September’s Future of Tropical Economies Conference was an officially aligned forerunner to the G20 meeting of finance ministers ...

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Disputed VC pay report sparks NTEU transparency call

The NTEU has called for greater transparency in university financial reporting after it was forced to issue a correction of its own analysis of data purporting to reveal the value of Australian VC remuneration packages. A policy briefing paper released ...

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Murdoch VC suspended

Murdoch University vice-chancellor professor Richard Higgott has been suspended indefinitely on full pay pending an assessment by the Corruption and Crime Commission. The announcement, made on Friday last week, followed an internal university investigation, the findings of which resulted in ...

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In the hands of the crossbenchers

A handful of junior senators hold the key to the future for Australian universities. In the coming weeks and months, our federal politicians will decide the future of higher education in this country. Parliament will be asked to vote on ...

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Censor sensibility

However controversial, tying the tongue of an academic risks betraying the fundamental principles of any institution. By Michael J. Spence. Professor George Arnold Wood was a patriotic man and a fervent supporter of the British Empire, but he had strong objections ...

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Private options are public’s gain

The system requires greater institutional diversity to remain competitive and serve its students. By Tim Brailsford. The recent federal Budget foreshadows major reform of the Australian higher education sector. If the proposed measures are passed into legislation, more students will ...

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