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Guiding good practice for virtuous compliance

Under the theme Being TEQSA Ready in preparation for monitoring and enforcement of the new Higher Education Standards Framework, previous articles in this series have focused on risk management, the challenges of harmonising multiple layers of regulation and the need ...

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Too many doctors at law schools

A PhD is fine for arts and science lecturers but law students need to be taught by experienced practitioners, as well as academics, writes Lee Stuesser. The great American judge Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “The life of the law has ...

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East meets West, by degrees

With less individual choice, the decision about VET or university is made easier in China but like us they are still hung up about status, writes Stuart Middleton. As I promised, I write again partly from China, partly from an ...

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Why shark nets are needed in every state

There are dangers in giving public funds to providers who lack experienced teachers, writes John Mitchell. COAG has signed the agreement to open up the nationwide market for VET funding. When Victoria started down this path about three years ago, ...

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Choosing where the VET billions go

It was fortuitous that while COAG was meeting to sign off on a new tranche of reforms for the tertiary sector, the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association conference in Canberra was addressing issues around the value and voice ...

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VET entitlement plan seems a gamble

The entry of “training entitlement” now agreed by COAG is the new wild card for Australia’s VET reform. The Commonwealth proceeded with its $1.75 billion proposal for entitlement, wrapped in the promise to extend income contingent loans. Yet it pushed ...

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What international students need from teachers

 Course facts and figures from teachers are not enough for many foreign students, it’s that little bit of extra ‘life’ support that can really help, writes Arfa Noor.  Friends and fellow students have often questioned my decision to start my ...

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How the government got agreement on VET

How come the federal government succeeded in getting all jurisdictions to adopt its VET reforms despite negative and bellicose initial reactions from some premiers, particularly those of Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria? As policy expert Dr Gavin Moodie told Campus ...

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Keep VET firmly in sight

If the TAFE system tumbles they will not be putting it back together again writes Pat Forward. In recent weeks in Campus Review, a number of high profile commentators have defended the deteriorating state of the VET system in Victoria. ...

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