Monthly Archives: February 2012

Tertiary regulator issues risk list

Tertiary regulator issues risk list | Bernard Lane | The Australian Higher Education | 29 February, 2012

FALLING student revenue, heavy reliance on casual staff and a big maintenance backlog are among 46 indicators of risk to be watched by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. Yesterday, TEQSA released the framework it will use to judge how risky providers are, and where it should focus its attention as it seeks to uphold the threshold standards.

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Federal Budget’s Details Offer Grist for Debates

Federal Budget’s Details Offer Grist for Debates | Kelly Field | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 19 February, 2012

The article discusses the 2013 fiscal year U.S. federal budget proposed by President Barack Obama, focusing on elements of the plan related to higher education. The proposed plan gives particular emphasis to college student aid and job training programs and the article highlights its recommendations for budget initiatives such as research grants given by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Presidential Teaching Fellows program, and the Stafford and Perkins student loan programs.

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QAA in the dark on 63 of 94 private providers

QAA in the dark on 63 of 94 private providers | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 23 February 2012

Most institutions receiving SLC funds have had no quality review. The Quality Assurance Agency says it has no knowledge of the teaching quality at two-thirds of the private institutions to benefit from state-backed student loans funding.

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Training providers caught in skills conflict

Training providers caught in skills conflict | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 22 February, 2012

VICTORIA’S Baillieu government has attacked the federal skills regulator, claiming it is registering training providers despite the fact they are under investigation by state authorities. In what appears to be a breakdown in inter-governmental co-operation, Victoria has raised standards for contracting providers eligible for state training subsidies, but claims the federal regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority, is not doing a good enough job.

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College Groups React With Praise and Caution

College Groups React With Praise and Caution | Kelly Field | Chronicle of Higher Education | 17 February, 2012

President Obama’s budget for the 2013 fiscal year, released on Monday, reaffirms his commitment to community colleges and college access, targeting scarce federal resources to job-training and student-aid programs.

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Institutions count cost of exceeding student cap

Institutions count cost of exceeding student cap | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 16 February 2012

Stiff fines await over-recruiters, with London Met facing a possible £6m bill. English universities have exceeded their numbers cap by thousands of students this year as applicants flocked to avoid higher tuition fees, and large fines are expected, with London Metropolitan University alone facing a hit of up to £6 million.

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Local Indians in VET visa race

Local Indians in VET visa race | Bernard Lane | The Australian Higher Education | 15 February, 2012

INDIAN students already living in Australia accounted for every second visa issued for vocational education and training, according to the latest official statistics. In the second half of last year, onshore VET grants to Indians rose 84.5 per cent to 15,031, making up 46.7 per cent of the total.

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Bucking Cultural Norms, Asia Tries Liberal Arts

Bucking Cultural Norms, Asia Tries Liberal Arts | Karin Fischer | Chronicle of Higher Education | 05 February, 2012

Even as China and its neighbors are trouncing U.S. students on international exams, Asian educators are adopting, and adapting, an American approach to learning.

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British Council director calls for ‘urgent review’ of visa policy

British Council director calls for ‘urgent review’ of visa policy | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 09 February 2012

The organisation charged with promoting British education overseas has rounded on the government over its student-visa changes, calling for an “urgent review” of the policy to avert damage to the economy and the possible closure of university departments.

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China crisis as numbers tumble

China crisis as numbers tumble | Michael Sainsbury | The Australian Higher Education | 08 February, 2012

AUSTRALIA is facing the most “challenging and volatile” environment in the $16 billion international student market for almost three decades, with enrolment numbers from China, Australia’s biggest market, down for a second year by about 15 per cent.

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