Overwhelming load of red tape for new reporting requirements

Overwhelming load of red tape for new reporting requirements | Andrew Trounson |  The Australian Higher Education | 09 February, 2011

NEW reporting requirements under the federal government’s $500 million program to boost participation among the disadvantaged have been criticised for lacking evaluative rigour while creating excessive red tape. The government’s proposed reporting guidelines under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program were released for discussion last week but left many equity executives reeling at the level of detail required, without there being an effective process for evaluating whether outreach programs were working. Under HEPPP, the government has allocated $505m from 2010-13 towards boosting the participation of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

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