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ERIC Number: ED536217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Structural Diversity in Tertiary Education. Go8 Backgrounder 18
Group of Eight (NJ1)
Projections of future population and tertiary education participation indicate that Australia needs soon to start planning for another surge in school leavers entering tertiary education from 2015, together with increased demand for greater skills deepening by adult workers. Hence it is necessary to find cost-effective supply solutions that respond to the increasing and increasingly diverse demand from both students and employers in a way that ensures that Australia has sufficient scale capacity in fields of education and research which are most exposed to international competition. If the structure of tertiary education in Australia is depicted in the shape of a pyramid, the challenge for public policy is to broaden the base while strengthening the top, and to accept the trade-offs involved, given the scarcity of available resources. A strategy for regional investment in higher education should build on work which identifies the future outlook for selected regions, including their demographic, economic, cultural and environmental factors. Ideally, such indications of future capacities and requirements would generate a set of criteria for assessing which tertiary education supply options would best fit a region's circumstances. That is a matter for regional policy advisors and other stakeholders. This brief focuses on the supply options. Outlines of National Systems of Tertiary Education are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Group of Eight (Australia)
Identifiers - Location: Australia