Funding Universities in Australia based on student performance?

by Anna Blanch on December 15, 2009

I’ve been following the UK debate about research impact, and specifically the REF – see here. Today The Australian reported on similar discussions in Australia.

The Department of Education has released a white paper on funding based on the performance of students as opposed to the professors.

Among the measures being considered: generic skills tests to show the “value added” during university study, meeting targets on retention, performance on student satisfaction surveys, and increasing the number of disadvantaged students enrolled. This follows the revelations (hardly shocking) that Group of 8 universities have only 10% of socio-economically disadvantaged students. 

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