4 January 2018

Demand for cuts deals death blow to Australia’s demand-driven system

Australia’s experiment with demand-driven university funding is over, with government cash frozen for two years from 1 January. Increased funding from 2020 will be distributed by the government without reference to student demand. The demand-driven system was not a failed experiment. But it was a costly one, as it funded universities for unlimited numbers of bachelor’s degree students.

25 October 2017

Focus on big picture to finetune tertiary system

Some good analysis of where tertiary education policy could be improved, along with practical proposals for reform, could lead to changes that both Labor and Liberal parties can support. Tiring as big reviews are, they are one way of getting above ad hoc problem-solving to see the bigger picture.

12 September 2017

Submission to the independent review into regional, rural and remote education

Australia needs to address the education gap between metropolitan and rural students. Rural students are less likely to go to university, and are more likely to leave university without gaining a degree. Government policy should encourage rural students to study full-time and on-campus soon after leaving school, to enhance their chances of success.

9 August 2017

Public-private benefits of education: do the sums

Since HECS was introduced nearly 30 years ago, policymakers have believed that a balance of public and private benefits from higher education could set parallel public and private payments.

4 July 2017

Higher education fees are rising – so is it still worthwhile enrolling?

The prospect of higher fees raises concerns about whether higher education is still worthwhile. With subdued job growth since the global financial crisis and many more students at university, educational choices are more complex now than a decade ago.

28 February 2017

Universities and the evolving graduate labour market

Chapter published in Visions for Australian Tertiary Education: Inherent uncertainties in the labour market make it hard to predict skills needs. A surge in student numbers has produced more graduates than the labour force needs in high-skill occupations. Better informed demand, particularly on the choice between vocational and higher education, could improve the demand driven system.

3 March 2016

Should we scrap the ATAR? What are the alternative options? Experts comment

The value of the ATAR is being called into question. But is scrapping the ATAR the answer? The Conversation speaks to experts from across the sector to debate how best to select students. Read Andrew Norton’s response.

26 August 2015

How does your choice of university affect your future?

Last year’s graduate labour market was the toughest on record. No student can do much about total enrolments or the overall number of jobs. But they can possibly improve their own career prospects.

21 January 2015

The ATAR debate: students need to be able to finish uni, not just start it

Reform needs to be geared towards not just increasing enrolments, but to what is in the best interests of students and prospective students. We want to give them a chance to complete a degree, not just to start one.

13 October 2014

Why a top degree won’t top up your salary as much as you’d think

If fees are deregulated, elite universities will charge more. Will students get a good return on their investment?

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