CASA weekly news 09/14

by VanessaVaile


Much stirring of the Federal budget tea leaves this week, relevant to university casuals for obvious reasons.

On Monday Minister for Education Christopher Pyne spoke to The Policy Exchange in London on “Freeing Universities to Compete in a Global Education Market“, mentioning cricket a bit, but in higher education terms showing more interest in the US model (uncannily in the same week that The Guardian advised not following the Australian funding model).

US community college administrator Matt Reed responded critically for Inside Higher Ed on whether competition really has strengthened the US system:

When you “set institutions free,” their choices may or may not make sense from a systemic level.  They will choose to do what makes sense for them individually.  In the American case, that has led to a difficult combination of cost increases and economic polarization, with some weird imbalances between the parts of the system.  … Each segment of the system…

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