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ERIC Number: EJ825022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0579
The Australian Perspective: Access, Equity, Quality, and Accountability in Higher Education
Sharma, Rajendra
New Directions for Institutional Research, nS2 p43-53 Win 2008
The Australian higher education system has experienced significant changes since the mid-1980s. Notable are introduction of an income-contingent loan (the Higher Education Contribution Scheme) for "government" funded places; changing from aid to trade with respect to international students, including introduction of full fees for such students; dissolution of the binary system, and creation of a unified national system of Australian higher education with amalgamation of many institutions in the quest to create larger and more efficient institutions. Concomitant with these changes to the Australian higher education sector, other issues have emerged that focus the attention of the government and institutions, together with other stakeholders. These include an increasing concern for student access and equity to ensure that disadvantaged students are not left behind and are instead accorded an equal opportunity to participate in higher education; the requirement that quality not be sacrificed during expansion of Australian higher education, including establishment of the Australian University Quality Agency (AUQA), as an initiative of the federal and state government education ministers; and greater government focus on accountability by universities despite the government operating grants for publicly funded students being whittled away by a massive 40 percent between 1975 and 2001 per student in real terms. This article offers an Australian perspective on a number of issues facing the nation related to access, equity, quality, and accountability. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia