CASA weekly news 14/14

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Welcome to CASA’s weekly news round-up in Australia’s higher education, where the semester’s ending, the sun’s setting early, and we’re still debating the proposed reform of our higher education system.

This week the Chief Executive of Universities Australia appeared on Lateline and in the Australian Financial Review; and the Chair, Professor Sandra Harding, was interviewed on Radio National. The strong message is that deregulation is too serious to be rushed; increasingly the sticking point is the proposal to compensate for defunding by raising student debt.

The government produced modelling showing that graduates who jump straight into well-paying positions and repay briskly will barely notice the difference ($). The Greens produced a “how bad is it for you?” online calculator that contradicted this to a startling degree:

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The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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