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VET & TAFE

Some pathways quicker than others

The expansion of the tertiary education system is showing positive results for disadvantaged students but there is concern about the VET sector. There are many education routes for students to follow with some showing dramatically better success rates than others. ...

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Mountain hidden by molehill

A botched attempt at a small increase in school class sizes has drawn attention away from the growing problem of teacher development. We have been through interesting times over here in New Zealand. It all started about six weeks ago ...

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Dawkins sends a wake-up call

The tough reformer promises to tackle the big issues in a review of vocational education and training standards.  A former federal education minister, John Dawkins, intends to sharpen the teeth of the Australian Skills Quality Authority and says a review ...

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Dawkins won’t avoid controversy

Our regular columnist Dr John Mitchell interviews one of the more divisive people in Australian tertiary education this week, former federal education minister John Dawkins. In the late 1990s, Dawkins revolutionised the sector. He abolished the “binary system” that distinguished ...

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NTEU puts brakes on casualisation

With enterprise agreements at universities around the country expiring on June 30, the National Tertiary Education Union has said it plans to target the increasing casualisation of the academic workforce in its next round of bargaining. NTEU research has shown ...

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Nobel laureate backs school science

The only Australian woman to have been awarded a Nobel prize says governments must maximise educational opportunities for children to stop the decline in students studying science at university. Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, a molecular biologist who was awarded the Nobel ...

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More decision making, not goal setting

Universities need to think about the future in a more constructive manner. A vice-chancellor recently told me that, given the level of dynamism in the Australian higher education environment and the vagaries of government policy, he saw little point in ...

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Accreditation delays hold up innovation

The slow regulatory process by TEQSA and ASQA has put private providers at a disadvantage compared with public institutions. By. There is considerable dialogue at present around the impact of the new regulatory regimes in higher education and vocational education ...

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More decision making, not goal setting

 Universities need to think about the future in a more constructive manner, writes Lenore Cooper. A vice-chancellor recently told me that, given the level of dynamism in the Australian higher education environment and the vagaries of government policy, he saw ...

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