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Accreditation delays hold up innovation

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

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Inside VET: Bar set too low on teacher skills

The Productivity Commission report into vocational education and training has flaws in some very important areas, writes John Mitchell. The current damage being inflicted on the VET system in Victoria is no surprise to those who have observed related attacks ...

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Gap closes between West and the Rest

 University of Canberra vice-chancellor Stephen Parker muses on the economic, demographic, technological and intellectual challenges for our higher education sector. To help us evaluate the importance of universities, I want to focus on the Australia of the future, perhaps in ...

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VET: Finding a parity of esteem

 New Zealand’s struggles with tertiary reform may provide some guidance for its neighbour across the ditch. By Stuart Middleton.  From this side of the Tasman, the weekly soap opera that appears to be TAFE in Australia makes interesting reading. We ...

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Networking supports legal education

The new Law Associate Deans Network is moving to adapt the curriculum and teaching to meet modern needs. By Kate Galloway. In the nearly 10 years since Johnstone and Vignaendra (2003) published their report on learning outcomes and curriculum development ...

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Practical help for the disadvantaged

To help students from low socio-economic backgrounds do their best universities need to engage with them and their teachers rather than act when it is too late, writes Marcia Devlin. Students from low socio-economic status (LSES) backgrounds are entering Australian ...

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National regulator prepares to pounce

While controversies rage in Victoria about shonky providers, ASQA is closing in wherever it can. By John Mitchell. Just a few years back shonky providers were viewed as a temporary aberration in the VET sector, located within and then hopefully ...

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Social emphasis missing in TAFE plan

Institutes and colleges were set up to train people and fulfil community service obligations; unfortunately the latter is now disappearing.  By Lawrence Angus. The public vocational education and training (VET) sector has been under attack in Victoria since the days ...

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New rankings offer ‘broader’ picture

Melbourne University has developed a system to give a clearer picture of higher education around the world by including information such as what resources are put into universities. By Ross Williams. While there are any number of well-regarded global rankings ...

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