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:
— Prof Kerryn Phelps (@drkerrynphelps)
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