Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Crisis Needed to Reform Higher Education

Greetings from the National Library of Australia where Professor Bruce Chapman, architect of the HECS student loan scheme is speaking. He suggested that this radical reform was introduced due to a crisis in university funding. Professor Chapman argued that this contingent loan scheme (students only repay when their income reaches a specific level) was fairer than "free" university where the rich tended to attend. I asked Professor Chapman about vocational education and training (VET). He suggested that contingent loans could be relatively easily extended to VET (I will suggest this to the Senate on Monday).

Professor Chapman is speaking along with John Dawkins, former Minister of Education, Professor Linda Botterill, Professor Shirley Leitch at the 2018 Sir Roland Wilson Dialogue. A video will be available later.

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