ALP eyes more pacts to unlock places

ALP eyes more pacts to unlock places| Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 04 September, 2013

A RE-ELECTED Labor government will make greater use of direct agreements with universities, or compacts, with Innovation Minister Kim Carr flagging they would be used to allocate greater numbers of capped sub-degree and postgraduate places. Amid sector concerns that greater use of compacts could prove code for greater control, Senator Carr said the aim was to give universities more autonomy and that there was no retreat from the demand-driven system of uncapped undergraduate places under which commonwealth-supported places have increased by 190,000 students or 35 per cent.

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