2 October 2012

How online education will change the way we learn

Massive online open courses challenge the view that on-campus study is always best.

1 October 2012

Online education: don’t believe the hype

Nearly two million students have begun taking free online courses in the past two years. But traditional universities should not be troubled.

21 August 2012

Who comes out on top in higher education?

The public benefits from higher education, but individuals with degrees benefit far more. Who, then, should bear the cost of tertiary study?

6 August 2012

Do graduate winners need another prize?

Students do very well out of higher education. Why is the government subsidising them to take courses they would take anyway?

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 In his Age column, Andrew Norton examines how the Government’s analyses that inform policy are based on flimsy or outdated evidence, inappropriate examples from overseas and a good dash of guesswork.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.