The Grattan Institute Report, which calls for the abolition of government subsidies for university tuition, is back in the media spotlight.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen shared her thoughts about this controversial report recently in our staff newsletter In the Loop.
Read more about the Grattan Institute Report in the news:
The madness is in the method – The Australian By Simon Marginson
Marginson defends his position that the Grattan Report is fundamentally flawed, with a problematic method that contains “closed assumptions” about the virtues of markets and uses data selectively to build a case for those assumptions.
Why the OECD is not always right – The Australian By Geoff Sharrock
Sharrock reiterates his previous statements that critics of the Graduate Winners report have not engaged with the data effectively, stating that using OECD data risks “specious comparisons” due to local specificity of circumstances. He cautions, however, that raising fees may lead to economic stress and make education inaccessible for debt-averse low-SES students.
Benefits-based fees plan under attack – The Australian Financial Review By Tim Dodd
In this article, Professor Louise Watson, one of the authors of the Base Funding Review, is quoted as stating that the focus on economic benefits is too narrow, and that the Grattan report’s differentiation between the public and benefits of different disciplines is flawed due to variation between the individual circumstances of graduates.
Is $6 billion a year on fee subsidies justified? – The Australian Financial Review By Tim Dodd
Dodd suggests that the Australian higher education sector is defensive about the report, and needs to examine itself closely to ensure that it is delivering value.