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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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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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Spreading the knowledge faster

Digital technology offers the chance to get peer-reviewed information out to professionals much more quickly, writes Sandra Campbell-Crofts. Publication of contemporary nursing knowledge is important for the translation of this knowledge to the clinical arena. The speed of access and ...

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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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TAFEs still vital: Evans

Tertiary education minister Senator Chris Evans has tried to provide reassurance amid speculation that the federal government’s commitment to the public provision of skills training is faltering. In an interview with Campus Review, Evans said he was concerned that vocational ...

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Holding universities to account

The new standards framework may make student charters an important means to protect an individual’s rights to quality higher education. By Lenore Cooper. Student charters have been widely adopted by Australian universities as a mechanism for setting out the mutual ...

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TAFEs on a hiding to nothing

The removal of price controls on vocational education and training, such as in Victoria, has sparked a race to be the cheapest. By Leesa Wheelahan. In Victoria, TAFE will lose approximately $290 million of funding in 2013. The Victorian government ...

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Reports of TAFE demise exaggerated

Public providers have to concentrate on areas where they have a competitive advantage and make room for private operators, writes Rohan Cresp. Every parrot in the TAFE pet shop is chattering the same mantra: TAFE in Victoria is soon to ...

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End of the line: Nothing like the real thing

Online education is a great idea but it has its limitations, just like internet games, you can’t beat the touchy-feely experience, writes Richard Hil It’s 2025 and emeritus professors Stone and Wall are walking through the once resplendent inner city ...

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