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Don’t worry about drop-out rates: Craven

Despite data showing first-year undergraduate student drop-out rates have hit their highest point in eight years, the Australian Catholic University vice-chancellor has sidestepped concerns about these figures, saying data-driven learning analytics can handle it. Professor Greg Craven told a policy forum yesterday that ...

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‘War’ looms between STEM subjects: expert

An expert has warned a discipline war is brewing among the STEM subjects, and she expects engineering to come out on the bottom. STEM is the oft-used acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the focus of politicians and educators who are trying to ...

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ANU clarifies new admissions standards

The Australian National University has denied it’s late to the party regarding its new admissions standards. Rather, the university explained, it’s just clarifying how future domestic undergraduates will be enrolled. During an address commemorating ANU’s 70th birthday on Monday, vice-chancellor professor ...

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Opinion: No education without aspiration

A world of higher learning and opportunities can be found on university campuses;but disadvantaged students often must see it to desire it. When I was 11 years old, I went with a church boys’ club to visit Melbourne University. We ...

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Music video to smash STEM glass ceiling

A bold audio-visual project aimed at highlighting the attractiveness of a STEM career for young women had its worldwide launch on Friday. Part of a greater campaign by eight top universities, led by the University of New South Wales, it’s a music ...

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