20 July 2012

When online courses are free, what can universities sell?

Some of the world’s most prestigious universities are putting their courses online for free. Australian universities should be alert, but not alarmed.

10 July 2012

Why higher education doesn’t always make you happier

University graduates have higher incomes, better health and more friends than people who never did tertiary study. So why aren’t they more satisfied?

5 June 2012

Poor marks for policy guesswork

Higher education students are taught never to cut intellectual corners. But higher education policy makers do it all the time. In his Age column, Andrew Norton examines how the Government’s analyses that inform policy are based on flimsy or outdated evidence, inappropriate examples from overseas and a good dash of guesswork.

24 April 2012

Professionalism lacking in university teaching

University teaching never developed into a proper profession, making managerial intervention necessary argues Andrew Norton.

11 April 2012

Science graduates outnumber science jobs

Demand for undergraduate science courses has grown strongly, but evidence suggests the science jobs boom may be a non-starter.

20 March 2012

Higher education pricing

Higher education pricing needs to move along an evolutionary path to a more market-based system.

28 February 2012

More women, more students, more diversity

Higher education is in the midst of profound change, bringing us closer to a market in higher education than at any time in Australia’s history.

24 January 2012

The rights of international students

What entitlements should be available to non-citizens with long-term but temporary residence rights?

14 December 2011

Subsidy review plan neither fair nor enticing

The latest review of university funding has not found a convincing basis for allocating higher education tuition subsidies.

8 November 2011

Filling the university information gap

A report by Victoria’s Ombudsman finds problems in the way universities admit and assess international students. The collection of more independent information about student performance will be an important first step in tackling these problems.

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