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TEQSA assumes full powers

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) can now bring its full powers to bear on the sector, but its chief commissioner says wielding a big stick is not the goal. TEQSA assumed its full regulatory functions on January ...

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Deregulation has a price

As our campuses begin to welcome the new cohort of students for 2012, tertiary education managers are assessing the dawn of the demand-driven system. Initially the impacts of the new system are likely to be modest as universities monitor their ...

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Shaping up to jump TEQSA’s bar

There may be some angst on campuses as institutions gear up to meet the new regulatory deemands. Federal ministers Greg Combet and Chris Evans have now registered the TEQSA Threshold Standards, as required under the TEQSA act. These standards are ...

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One body to rule them all

How the  new national regulator TEQSA uses its power will be all important The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 becomes fully operational on January 29. Higher education providers throughout Australia will become subject to regulation by the ...

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New focus for Go8 and UA

Two of higher education’s peak representative bodies, Universities Australia and the Group of Eight, are entering 2012 under new leadership and with a new focus on co-operation. UA chief executive Dr Glenn Withers, who has held the job since the ...

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Withers warns unis to stay vigilant

Universities must remain vigilant or risk losing the momentum gained by a slew of new policies impacting higher education, says outgoing Universities Australia (UA) chief executive Dr Glenn Withers. In an interview with Campus Review, Withers predicted universities could return to ...

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Tenure becoming untenable

Milton Greenberg writes that the reasons for lifetime academic positions have been eroded in the US with more staff employed on a contingent basis. The Australian experience bears a striking similarity. It seems that tenure is always in the news. ...

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No caps: watch the gaps

Allowing the market to dictate enrolments helps competition but may not always be good for the national interest. The federal government’s higher education reform agenda contains policy measures to promote three worthy objectives – participation, diversity and quality. The fundamental ...

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Sector underfunded, says base review

The much awaited Higher Education Base Funding Review has been released by the government but with 145 pages to get through, the sector is holding fire on a final judegment. Among proposals likely to get most attention are: the application ...

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