Policy Online carries a link (23.5.16) to a Mitchell Institute report on tertiary education funding in Australia, suggesting policy options for improving the domestic participation rate in higher education and vocational training.
‘Whether our tertiary education system can sustain, let alone improve participation levels, should be an important consideration for public policy.
‘This presentation supporting paper showcases different scenarios of future participation in vocational and higher education in Australia. The forecasts show that governments must take a longer term view about investment in tertiary education, including balancing public and private investment, to sustain and improve participation. By 2030, there will be half a million more 15-24 year olds than today, so participation rates will fall unless enrolments grow significantly.
‘Increased public and private investment is needed to make sure our system can meet the needs and aspirations of young people already at school, and the hundreds of thousands who will follow them. The magnitude of the challenge is even greater when taking into account that thousands of older Australians will also turn to tertiary education to refresh their skills and gain new ones.’
- Participation in tertiary education in Australia: policy imperatives and scenarios »
- The growing skills gap between jobs in Australian cities and the regions »
- Balancing work and tertiary study is harder now than in 2012: study »
- Why school kids need more exposure to the world of work »
- Skilling: a national imperative »
- Enrolments flatlining: Australian unis’ financial strife in three charts »
- As unis eye more ‘Instagram-worthy’ campus experiences, they shouldn’t treat online teaching as a cheap and easy option »
- ‘COVID is being used as an excuse’: Sydney’s uni students are losing patience with online learning »
- Digital learning is real-world learning. That’s why blended on-campus and online study is best »
- Upskilling and reskilling: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employers and their training choices »
- International students are back on campus, but does that spell the end of digital learning? Here’s why it shouldn’t »
- Lessons from the pandemic on fairer and more caring uni teaching and learning »
- Why unis and vocational colleges are key to Australia’s temporary migration challenge