12 December 2018

Three things high school graduates should keep in mind when they have their ATAR

School leavers across Australia are getting their ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), and in coming weeks will get a chance to update their university course preferences. Here are three things they should keep in mind when finalising their preferences.

4 December 2018

Donor ban denies foreign students

With a ban on foreign political ­donors passed by parliament last week, international students will soon have fewer political rights in Australia. They could be banned from donating to campaigns to protect their interests in ­education, employment and ­migration.

16 November 2018

Vocational education can solve oversupply of graduates

In many wealthy countries, including Australia, 40% of young adults are likely to achieve a bachelor degree or above. But policy-makers and others wonder whether we might have too much of a good thing.

27 September 2018

A lower graduate premium is no cause for alarm

Australia escaped the worst of the great recession that hit the UK and the US. But over the past decade, new graduates have still found it much more difficult to find work than they did before 2009. New analysis of census data shows that for some graduates, employment problems stretch into their early career years.

19 September 2018

Demand-driven funding not perfect, but it’s adaptable

The past five years have not been good for early career graduates in Australia. Professional employment rates and earnings are down in many disciplines. The higher education system’s reaction to these trends shows the strengths and weaknesses of the demand-driven funding system the ­Coalition ended and Labor promises to restore.

16 September 2018

Ad hoc ministerial decision making in education jeopardises private sector competition

Ripples are still spreading from the widely rorted VET FEE-HELP scheme, even though it ended in 2016. Fearing similar scandals in higher education, the government has imposed tough new rules for private higher education providers that risk undermining the alternative they offer to the public universities.

16 September 2018

Good news and bad news for the women of Australia

The good news for the women of Australia is that the gender pay gap is narrowing. The bad news is that the gap between what men and women earn – per hour and over a career – is still there and it’s still big.

5 September 2018

To fix higher education funding, we also need to fix vocational education

The policy status quo of capped higher education funding and a funding bias against vocational education will not serve us well. With restored demand driven funding and changes to vocational education, the tertiary education system would do a better job of matching students with the courses that maximise their long-term employment outcomes.

30 May 2018

University admission: ATAR best guide to student performance

Forget what you may have heard recently: ATAR is not on its way out. The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank is still a used and useful tool for universities and for school students considering higher education.

25 May 2018

Scrapping selective admissions would only postpone the inevitable

For all the criticism it gets, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank remains a cheap and efficient selection system that plausibly links entry criteria to academic outcomes.