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UA Concerns Not Backed by Evidence - says Norton

Andrew Norton, co-author of the review of the demand driven system has said in The Australian newspaper on April 17 that UA concerns about his recommendations were not backed by the evidence.

Journalist Andrew Trouson wrote that Andrew Norton had hit out at Universities Australia’s trenchant opposition to his call for public tuition subsidies to be extended to for-profit providers during a seminar at Melbourne University on Wednesday.

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Mr Norton said extending public subsidies to non-university providers was a critical part of the review's proposed changes, particularly because such providers were more expert and successful than universities at delivering sub-bachelor programs such as diplomas.

He noted that many universities are already happy to take students prepared for university study by for-profit providers such as stock exchange listed Navitas Ltd.

“The reaction particularly of Universities Australia has been quite disappointing,” Mr Norton said.  “The inclusion of these non-university providers in the system isn’t really a recommendation that we think can be cherry picked. It is these institutions that are currently dominating the diploma market,” he said. “They have 20 years of experience in this, and I don’t think many universities either want to, or can, replicate this anytime soon.”

Mr Trouson pointed out the anxiety over international markets partly reflects the spate of scandals during the 2008-09 booms in international students when some unscrupulous private vocational colleges operated as virtual “visa factories” offering low quality qualifications to international students focused on migration.

VET colleges are not accredited by TEQSA.


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