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The Australian government is making ‘job-ready’ degrees cheaper for students – but cutting funding to the same courses

The Australian government is making ‘job-ready’ degrees cheaper for students – but cutting funding to the same courses

One objective of the government’s recently announced funding changes for universities is to increase the number of graduates in areas of expected employment growth – such as teaching, nursing, agriculture, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and IT. The education minister said student fees in these degrees would drop. But what he didn’t say is universities would […] … learn more→

The government’s funding changes are meddling with the purpose of universities

The government’s funding changes are meddling with the purpose of universities

Federal education minister Dan Tehan in recent days announced an overhaul of the fee structures for undergraduate degrees – and the courses based in those degrees – to direct students towards ones it believes are more likely to get them a job. Student contributions for degrees in teaching, nursing, clinical psychology, English and languages will fall by […] … learn more→

Going online due to COVID-19 this fall could hurt colleges’ future

Going online due to COVID-19 this fall could hurt colleges’ future

When the California State University system decided to conduct all of its classes online this coming fall, administrators said it was to avoid the health risks associated with COVID-19. Many other colleges are making similar decisions as they move online. Wayne State University and Michigan State University are likely to go online – but may offer a hybrid of […] … learn more→

Debate: How to rethink research funding?

Debate: How to rethink research funding?

The future multi- annual research programming law ( LPPR ) is causing serious concern in the world of higher education. On the one hand, researchers , dissatisfied with the current situation, are asking for more resources, while rejecting the principle of a selective, therefore unequal, distribution of resources – selective distribution which, in fact, already exists. On the other, research administrators and policy makers […] … learn more→

Democratic presidential hopefuls are promising to ramp up funding for public schools

Democratic presidential hopefuls are promising to ramp up funding for public schools

Democratic presidential candidates are proposing bold new approaches to the federal government’s role in public education. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Cory Booker want to triple the US$15 billion spent annually on Title I, a program that sends federal dollars to high-poverty school districts. Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to go further and quadruple funding for that same program. She also wants to make quality child care […] … learn more→

Democratic candidates want to boost school funding – research shows that will help low-income students

Democratic candidates want to boost school funding – research shows that will help low-income students

With few exceptions, the various Democratic plans for public education share a common theme: more funding, less privatizing. Candidates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders have promised to dramatically increase or triple current federal funding for low-income students and curtail charter school growth. Elizabeth Warren recently went even further, promising to quadruple federal funding for low-income students and end federal funding […] … learn more→

Government funding will be tied to uni performance from 2020: what does this mean, and what are the challenges?

Government funding will be tied to uni performance from 2020: what does this mean, and what are the challenges?

Education minister Dan Tehan met with university Vice Chancellors in Wollongong this week to discuss a new report on an upcoming funding formula for universities – performance-based funding. This report, and the proposed funding approach detailed in it, has been some time coming. In 2017, the government ended the policy of demand-driven funding to universities, introduced by the previous Labor government […] … learn more→

Research funding for casuals

Research funding for casuals

I can’t save you There are serious structural problems in universities worldwide. The number of permanently employed staff is shrinking. The number of precariously employed staff (casual, adjunct, paid by the hour) is increasing. I can’t change that. This situation isn’t getting any better. It gets worse. Unionism (like the National Tertiary Education Union in Australia) […] … learn more→

The new North-South divide: public higher education

The new North-South divide: public higher education

The headlines have been pounding out a drumbeat of angst and activism over such reminders of contentious division as Confederate flags at the universities of Alabama and Mississippi and statues of southern soldiers from the same era at the universities of Texas, Mississippi, and North Carolina. But some campuses in this region are part of […] … learn more→

Are bonds the right way for your university to fund investment?

Are bonds the right way for your university to fund investment?

As with clothes, holiday destinations and cars, corporate finance is subject to fashions and fads. The latest one in the higher education sector is for bonds to fund investment. But one size doesn’t fit all, and an ill-fitting finance product is far harder to fix than an ill-fitting suit. For those looking for long-term funding […] … learn more→