The latest conversation in the deregulation space has revealed a number of new predictions and even more opinions.
In recent weeks leaders in the space have been voice their opinions on reforms, some excited, some concerned…
The Australian is reporting Universities Australia’s Chief Executive, Belinda Robinson’s comments that universities will not be able to afford to give students certainty on the cost of degrees by protecting students beginning next year from proposed changes. Adding that universities will be in a difficult position as they begin recruiting next years students next month.
Andrew Norton, Higher Education Program Director at the Grattan Institute has commented that universities are under ethical pressures to give students an indication of costs.
“This could potentially flush out some of their pricing strategies,’ says Mr Norton.
Education Ministers Christopher Pyne’s office has also commented on the reform:
“The minister will be putting forward legislation that reflects the budget measures as announced. If the Senate proposes amendments, they will be considered in discussions with the crossbenchers as the legislation goes through the parliament,” said a spokesperson.
In strong criticism of the reform he University of Canberra Vice- Chancellor, Professor Stephen Parker has told The Canberra Times that the proposed reform “spells disaster for students and the country”.
“These measures might benefit a few elite universities but they will damage the university system as a whole,” says Professor Parker.
The Australian National University Vice-Chancellor and Group of Eight Chairman, Professor Ian Young has touted reforms as a lifeline to the currently unsustainable Australian university sector.
“If the government’s package does not pass the Senate, then I have grave concerns for the future … ‘business as normal’ may not be an attractive place,” says Professor Young.
Meanwhile international attention of the reform continues as UK publication Times Higher Education has spoken with Professor Bruce Chapman, Director of Policy Impact at Australian National University and architect of the HECs system.
“Those of us who’ve been involved know with some confidence that if you apply basic economic principles to higher education pricing and funding, you’ll get it wrong. The idea that this is a competitive market that will deliver allocative efficiency so long as government gets off its back is misplaced and naive,” says Professor Chapman.
The grandfather of fees, impact of changes to student loans and strategies for price setting will all be discussed at the Deregulation in Higher Education conference. Come and join the discussion with thought leaders in the space including: Professor Bruce Chapman, Andrew Norton, Professor Stephen Parker and more!