Monthly Archives: August 2011

Matching gifts come at a price

Matching gifts come at a price | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 31 August, 2011

WHEN it comes to money, can you ever get too much? Apparently for the University of Queensland, yes. UQ has led the sector in raising philanthropic funds, largely courtesy of US-based Chuck Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies.But with UQ having often to offer matching funds to lure donations for building projects, the academics union is warning that faculty operating budgets and teaching are paying the price.

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Big AAB arts cohort may leave science in a funding wilderness

Big AAB arts cohort may leave science in a funding wilderness | John Morgan, Simon Baker |  Times Higher Education | 25 August 2011

Top students’ preference for ‘cheaper’ courses could jeopardise lab-based subjects. Some science and engineering departments will be put at risk by the new funding regime, critics have warned, as newly released data indicate that many classroom-based subjects have greater proportions of the much-prized AAB students.

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Ranks reveal role of fees in elite research

Ranks reveal role of fees in elite research | Sean Gallagher | The Australian Higher Education | 24 August, 2011

American institutions continue to dominate Shanghai rankings, led the small news item in The Chronicle of Higher Education last week. It reported that Harvard remained in first place and that all but two of the top 10 institutions were in the US. The report identifies China as the rising star in research rankings.

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Hepi castigates White Paper

Hepi castigates White Paper | John Gill | Times Higher Education  | 18 August 2011

An independent analysis has returned a damning verdict on the higher education White Paper, depicting it as a deeply flawed strategy that will fail to achieve many of the government’s aims and that will make a number of problems worse. The report by the Higher Education Policy Institute, published on 18 August, says the course set by the coalition is likely to result in the emergence of a “bipolar” system that exacerbates inequality between institutions.

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Local Unis join the global 500 club

Local Unis join the global 500 club | Jill Rowbotham | The Australian Higher Education | 17 August, 2011

RESEARCH Minister Kim Carr has claimed the performance of Australian universities in this week’s world rankings is a victory for his strategy to reorient higher education culture towards global competitiveness. “The federal government fulfilled its end of the bargain and it’s quite clear that the university system is fulfilling its end of the bargain,” Senator Carr said.

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College 101 for International Students

College 101 for International Students | Amanda L. Smith | Chronicle of Higher Education | 07 August, 2011

Pathways programs blend English and academics to help foreign students succeed As Pathways Programs Catch On in North America, Colleges See Successes for International Students

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Plans for Hefce hegemony spark sector fears

Plans for Hefce hegemony spark sector fears | Simon Baker | Times Higher Education | 11 August 2011

Critics claim proposals could threaten autonomy and may lead to opt-outs. Plans to hand greater power and responsibility to the English funding council are a “death warrant” for the self-regulation of higher education and could persuade universities to opt out of the state-funded system.

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Mental health issues among students to escalate

Mental health issues among students to escalate | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 10 August, 2011

MENTAL health issues among the student population are likely to escalate as universities attract more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, researchers have warned. They point to the need for universities to boost efforts to provide mental health services in line with the school sector.

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University status within reach for small specialists

University status within reach for small specialists | Simon Baker | Times Higher Education | 05 August 2011

Smaller specialist colleges have welcomed proposals from the government that would allow institutions with 1,000 higher education students to gain university title. The detailed plans – outlined in the consultation on regulatory changes to the sector – follow general proposals put forward in the White Paper to lower the current requirement for colleges to have more than 4,000 students.

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State signs up to VET funding

State signs up to VET funding | John Ross | The Australian Higher Education | 03 August, 2011

QUEENSLAND has become the third state to commit to a fully contestable vocational education and training funding system, after an independent report found the sector needed higher education-style funding arrangements to offset a “growing imbalance” in investment levels. A ministerial taskforce will also oversee a three-year transformation designed to strengthen TAFE Queensland’s position in the more competitive environment. But the TAFE teachers union said the government was simply responding to problems of its own making, while the opposition dismissed the report as “a very costly rehash of turgid bureaucrat prose”.

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