Poor marks for policy guesswork

by Andrew Norton

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 of how much to fund courses, how much students should pay, what defines a disadvantaged student and even national targets for how educated our population should be are all based on flimsy or outdated evidence, inappropriate examples from overseas and a good dash of guesswork. It’s time to do better.