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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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COAG needs to rethink VET reforms

The Victorian government experimentation with VET funding is starting to unravel, with the latest revelation that one of its training providers increased its recognition of prior learning enrolments from 1 to 134 in one year. “Blind Freddy could have seen such ...

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No evidence of improving engagement

Student disengagement is growing and there is no improvement in sight, writes Stuart Middleton. Over the next week or 10 days the great education machine of Australian schools grinds into action again for another year. In about 9,500 schools, 184,000 ...

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The cost of foreign students

Australian governments should look carefully at the economics of extending welfare entitlements to temporary residents, writes Andrew Norton. Public hospitals refusing to admit pregnant international students. Government schools charging fees to the children of international students. International students having to ...

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Lecturer lost to the Facebook jungle

It’s 4.40pm on a Friday and every student is staring at me attentively. They are not peering at Facebook, they are not tweeting, and there’s complete silence in the classroom. I’d like to say this is because I’m such a great ...

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Give VET respect where it is due

Research in Australia is of high quality and our journals are respected around the world, say members of the executive of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association. Is Australian VET research of high quality? When we think about ...

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Unis are charming suitors

Talented but unsuspecting VET is being dazzled by the promises of a brighter future, only to be let down by unrealistic expectations, writes Stuart Middleton. It is becoming a recurring theme - the magnetic pull of VET into the all-embracing ...

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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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Victoria TAFE ‘being harmed’

In a comprehensive policy briefing to the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI), David Williams, executive director of the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA), pulled no punches when he told how the state’s vocational education change agenda was perceived ...

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