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Beyond o week

A new survey tracks the vital first year experience and finds some encouraging and also some worrying trends, writes Sally Kift. As the sector embarks on the implementation of the Bradley review and seeks to attract (and retain and graduate) ...

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The ERA of obscurity

For social science researchers, there is a strong tension between writing for scholarly journals and more accessible publications, writes Brian Martin. Is one of your goals to communicate to wider audiences? If so, the government’s Excellence in Research for Australia ...

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Pathways and problems

Well-intentioned programs driven by firmly articulated policy can sometimes overlook the human side of what is trying to to be achieved, writes Ros Brennan Kemmis. The employment services program Job Services Australia was introduced on 1 July last yearwith high ...

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Leading the way

Victoria’s tertiary education plan could form a bridge between post-Bradley federal tertiary education policy and the strategic plans of Victorian universities and TAFE institutes, writes Catherine Burnheim. The newly released Victorian tertiary education plan offers constructive proposals to develop a ...

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Small business solutions

Is the VET system capable of engaging small business people, asks John Mitchell. A large number of people in the Australian workforce who have been let down by the VET system are small business people. This was glaringly obvious to ...

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Federal funding the best fit for VET: Davidson

VET’s future is best positioned in a federally funded tertiary system, according to former DEEWR deputy secretary and outgoing TVET Australia managing director Jim Davidson. Davidson said VET was facing increasing pressures to cooperate both above and below, as schools ...

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Pilbara reinvention

Is it easy to reinvent a TAFE institute, asks John Mitchell. Can TAFE institutes reinvent themselves? This is a pressing question for the sector as it moves towards a market-based framework in the next few years in most states and ...

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Crashed college to students: pay now, pay less

International students at the Austech were reportedly offered incentives to pay thousands in tuition fees just days before the college collapsed at the end of last week. Hundreds of international students including many Indians were reportedly crowded outside the main ...

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What talk about standards?

Teacher quality is very much part of the education revolution. So why is it that nearly 60 per cent of the TAFE workforce have no teaching qualifications, writes Pat Forward. For those in the TAFE sector with a keen interest ...

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How are private providers performing?

A review 10 quality audit reports for private higher education providers reveal some startling similarities, writes Hilary Winchester The higher education sector in Australia has changed dramatically in the past decade. Three significant changes have been the development of quality ...

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