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Private higher education providers in Australia

In Australian tertiary education, the public/private divide is not easy to define. The regulatory and market distinction is between universities and non-university providers. The latter have been growing in market share both here and overseas. Extending Commonwealth-supported places to non-university providers should level the playing field, increase competition and deliver more choice for students. However, the idea of 'new regulatory arrangements' has received mixed responses from supportive, to cautious, to unappreciative. This paper examines the mix of public and private higher education providers (HEPs) within Australia compared to other OECD countries, with the aim of helping to inform the debate.

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Corporate authors: Group of Eight (Firm) (Go8)
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Paper
Series name: Go8 backgrounder
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Participation; Equity;

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Employability skills: maintaining relevance in marketing education

Employability is an important outcome of education, particularly with vocationally orientated degrees such as marketing. Supporting this, a wide range of literature discusses the skills that should be developed within students in general and those on business and marketing courses in particular (Bennett, Dunne, and Carre, 1999, Hillage and Pollard, 1998, Zinser, 2003). However, with increasing competition for graduate placements and jobs, do the skills under discussion remain relevant to the conditions of the job market and still give students an 'edge'. This study was undertaken to explore the meaning, purpose and relevance of employability skills, using qualitative and quantitative research amongst employers of marketing and business graduates, to examine how they rated the importance of the 'employability' skills that universities strive to develop in students and to identify other traits that are looked for in 'would be successful' candidates.

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Authors: Barker, Beverly
Conference name: Academy of Marketing Conference
Date: 2013
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Employment; Teaching and learning; Providers of education and training;

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Educational leadership in Australian private VET organisations: how is it understood and enacted?

Ongoing reform in vocational education and training (VET) has placed significant pressure on leaders in private training organisations in terms of striking an 'appropriate' balance between educational and business imperatives. This paper draws on data from 34 interviews with leaders from 16 private registered training organisations in Australia to investigate how educational leadership is understood and enacted in their work.

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Authors: Simons, Michele; Harris, Roger
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Research in post-compulsory education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Providers of education and training; Governance;

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Youth work: the problem of values

This article reports on recent research by the author which suggests that there are specific value frameworks and practices that currently underpin the university training and education of youth workers and that this has ramifications for TAFE-level training and the professionalisation of youth workers.

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Authors: Corney, Tim
Date: 2004
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Youth studies Australia
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Youth; Providers of education and training; Culture and society;

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Profile of Australian education 2012

This paper provides an update of an analysis of the Australian education sector, first conducted in 2008. It summarises key characteristics of the sector, from primary through to tertiary levels and shows much greater pricing flexibility in the schooling sector than for undergraduate higher education. It also aims to support discussion of policy options.

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Corporate authors: Group of Eight (Firm) (Go8)
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Paper
Series name: Go8 policy note
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Policy; Finance;

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Success in academia?: the experiences of early career academics in New Zealand universities

This report summarises the key findings from a project that investigated the work experiences of early career academics at all eight New Zealand universities in the year following the completion of the most recent Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) round. The PBRF has changed the focus of many New Zealand institutions, and individual academics, to a more intense concentration on research output and performance than ever before. New academic staff entering the academic workforce thus face a different environment from the one in which their academic leaders trained and served. The authors sought to find out which factors influence the productivity and satisfaction of early career academics in New Zealand universities and identify variations in organisational expectations and personal aspirations of early career academics.

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Authors: Sutherland, Kathryn; Wilson, Marc; Williams, Pamela
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: New Zealand; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Employment; Providers of education and training; Performance

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Private sector participation in Indian higher education

While positive trends in the Indian higher education system have been exhibited over the last decade, the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in India continues to significantly trail its global peers in the world average. The government has set a target of 30 per cent GER by 2020, which seems difficult to achieve at the current pace of development. Moreover, the Indian higher education system faces the challenges of ensuring equity and quality. The private higher education sector could play a key role in dealing with these issues through innovative models supported by an enabling regulatory framework and environment. In this report Ernst and Young have identified various options for private education providers to enter and grow in the higher education space. Key drivers, trends, regulatory considerations and stakeholders have been outlined in the report.

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Conference name: FICCI Higher Education Summit
Corporate authors: Ernst and Young (Firm)
Date: 2011
Geographic subjects: India; Asia
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Higher education; Governance;

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The German dual system of initial vocational education and training and its potential for transfer to Asia

Germany has a 'dual system' of initial vocational education and training, one that other countries admire and would like to adopt. This article argues that handing this model over to them will require far more than a simple process of copying. Instead, any transfer must reflect the existing conditions in the country adopting the system, and must be adapted to its unique social, cultural, and economic objectives. In addition, though the dual system can serve as a model, no other country can implement the dual system as a whole, or components one by one. Instead, it must use five constitutive elements in order to transfer the dual spirit of the German model appropriately. The article ends by describing some considerations that apply to the transfer process and reviews some German projects that transferred the system to countries in Asia.

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Authors: Hummelsheim, Stefan; Baur, Michaela
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Europe; Germany; Asia
Journal title: Prospects: quarterly review of comparative education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Teaching and learning; Providers of education and training;

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Service learning in the community college: drive to employment

As community college leaders strive for institutional efficacy, programs are needed to promote student success through the alignment of curricular objectives and community needs. To meet this objective, service learning (SL) is becoming increasingly popular in the community college. A new SL program called Drive to Employment (DTE) was developed as a means of preparing students for employment by serving unemployed and underemployed community clients. As a result, the curriculum was better connected to workplace competencies, students were prepared for employment, and the capacity of community-based partner organisations was expanded. An overview of DTE will familiarise stakeholders with SL, lessons learned, and the potential impact of similar programs on student, institutional, and community outcomes.

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Authors: Hayward, Milan S.
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Journal title: Community college journal of research and practice
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Workforce development; Employment;

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Dual enrollment credit and college readiness

This causal-comparative study researched the effects of dual enrollment and Huskins Bill course experience on traditional-age North Carolina community college students. The study examined course effects on academic success and graduation rate using quantitative statistical measures including parametric and nonparametric means comparisons. The study found that dual enrollment and Huskins Bill courses showed a positive effect on grade point average (GPA) and graduation rate, and this effect is evident in technical, medical, and college transfer programs. The study also showed a positive correlation between number of courses and student GPA and graduation rate. Findings in this study support continuing and expanding dual enrollment offerings as one aid for college readiness.

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Authors: Ganzert, Bart
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Journal title: Community college journal of research and practice
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Statistics; Research; Participation;

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