May 27, 2019

Some Unis are Lifting Teaching Productivity

Robert Bolton 27 May 2019 The Australian Financial Review Victoria University has sharply lifted the productivity of its academic staff, which was one of the factors leading it to report a surplus this year after four years of deficits. The university has created teaching-only roles, shifted to a block model of classes and restructured the…

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May 22, 2019

Third-party players vital to sector’s success

KEITH HOUGHTON MATT BRETT THE AUSTRALIAN – HIGHER EDUCATION – MAY 22, 2019 Readers of The Australian’s higher education pages last week (May 15) would have seen two articles, “Surge in third parties is like the ‘wild west’ ” and “Digital delivery redefines the efficiency frontier”. Readers might falsely conflate the articles to conclude that…

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March 29, 2019

Uncapping funding is no threat to university efficiency

KEITH HOUGHTON AND MARK CLISBY The Australian – Higher Education Section. March 29, 2019 A key policy difference between the federal government and the opposition relates to the capping of federal funding for university places. There are multiple effects of this policy including those relating to society, economic opportunity and equity as well as government…

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March 20, 2019

Uncapping funding is no threat to university efficiency

By KEITH HOUGHTON 12:00AM MARCH 20, 2019 • H NO COMMENTS A key policy difference between the federal government and the opposition relates to the capping of federal funding for university places. There are multiple effects of this policy including those relating to society, economic opportunity and equity as well as government cashflow and university…

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March 20, 2019

Labor funding policy brought efficiency hike

THE AUSTRALIAN New research shows that the demand-driven funding system for higher education, introduced by the former Labor government eight years ago and to be reinstated by Labor if it wins the federal election, is linked to a significant boost to university efficiency. The findings, revealed in The Australian today, show there was a marked…

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September 11, 2017

Universities and Government dig in on funding cuts

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August 29, 2017

Simon Birmingham tells unis the pressure to constrain funding won’t go away

by Tim Dodd Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham will bluntly tell universities they are “kidding” themselves if they think the pressure to constrain spending on higher education is going to go away. In a speech to The Australian Financial Review Higher Education Summit on Wednesday, he will accuse them of “resting on their laurels with…

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August 29, 2017

High Wired update: Follow the higher ed money

The Australian 8:59AM August 29, 2017 In today’s HW, we follow the higher ed money and delight in out-of-the-box thinking by the government. Good times Education Minister Simon Birmingham has seized upon CQU’s pay deal — a 2 per cent annual wage increase — to suggest universities can easily afford the relative austerity of his…

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August 16, 2017

Government approach to efficiency can hurt unis: Houghton

The Australian August 16th, 2017 Government approach to efficiency can hurt unis: Houghton By Bernard Lane A number of universities may be unable to absorb the government’s 2.5 per cent efficiency dividend without damaging the quality of teaching and research. “Year after year universities have made productivity gains but not of the scale that could…

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November 16, 2016

Research spending outweighs revenue

Darragh O’Keeffe The Australian November 16, 2016 As little as 20 per cent of university revenue is linked to research activities yet institutions spend on average 60 per cent of their budgets on research. Analysis on research income and expenditure suggests that research should be “fully and transparently” funded, given the “compelling evidence” of cross-subsidisation…

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