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Surprise! Fact-checking Abbott’s pre-election promises

Tony Abbott famously promised there would be “no surprises” in his new government. Freelance journalist Hari Raj goes back to the Coalition’s pre-election policy document and finds a couple of, well, surprises.

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Uni VCs selling Australian students short for a quick buck

University vice-chancellors, whose eyes are on the bottom line, support a free market for education. But George Morgan, a founding member of the National Alliance for the Public University, says this does not mean universities themselves are in favour.

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Why aren’t uni students jumping to the Left?

You’d think the debate over fee regulation would send student politicians Leftward, but the reality is very different, write Sally Whyte and Myriam Robin.

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The greatest threat to unis comes from their own leadership

University vice-chancellors have singularly failed to live up to the ideals of social justice and equity they so frequently profess, writes Nick Riemer, senior lecturer at the University of Sydney and a member of the NTEU Sydney University branch committee.

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Think of the children: govt grasps at straws to sell budget

A desperate government won’t get much help from the Business Council when it comes to intergenerational issues.

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Skewed workforce and a tepid economy: lessons from the US on higher ed debt

The US experience tells us imposing greater higher education debt on graduates can have significant effects on their consumption, their career choices, even when they get married, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Clarifier: should universities ditch research?

The federal government has suggested that universities be allowed to drop research and instead become teaching-only academies. Is this idea a goer?

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Educating the masses

Crikey readers talk MPs’ free ride at uni and whether the Customs Department should start wearing eye patches.

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A floral tribute to the federal MPs who got a free ride at uni

Christopher Pyne reckons students should send flowers to taxpayers to say thanks for their education. Freelance journalist Sally Whyte discovers there ought to be a lot of flowers coming from Parliament House.

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What the Melbourne student protest was really like

News Corp reported violent clashes between students and police at yesterday’s Melbourne protest. But Crikey intern Danielle Thompson, who was there, says it was much less dramatic …

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How the uni student debt trap will hobble tomorrow’s workforce

The budget hits students with a one-two punch, with fees increasing and debt set to skyrocket. La Trobe Business School accounting lecturers Lachlan McDonald-Kerr and Venkat Narayanan examine what’s in store for future students.

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Saville’s Shout: school’s out at Google … financial advice: don’t bother …

Do you really need a university education? And should you pay for secondary school? Plus why a blind monkey could invest better than your broker.

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Tips and rumours

Uni staff not allowed to say FU … Kevin Rudd finds his doppelganger baby … no Xmas treat for posties? …

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Unis vie with unions over compulsory student fees

Student unions say some universities are seeking control of a greater percentage of the Student Services Amenities Fee and engaging direct contractors themselves, whereas once the decisions on who to partner with were made by elected representatives.

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Tips and rumours

Which uni VC reads their staff’s emails? … Trish Crossin fires back on ‘Liberal huddle’ claims … Rupert summarises the Koran …

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Fantasy budget: Andrew Norton would jack up uni fees

Why should public universities receive so much taxpayer money? Lifting uni fees and giving more money to private universities would result in better outcomes, argues Andrew Norton of The Grattan Institute.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The losers in this week’s education reforms are likely to make their disappointment known, but the winners will probably not follow suit. Plus other political issues of the day.

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Just what the hell is happening in our universities?

Over the past month there have been several completely contradictory statements about the financial health of Australia’s universities, writes Paul Kniest, NTEU policy and research co-ordinator.

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Who needs four uni degrees or even one for that matter?

For too long Australia has been gripped by the ridiculous notion that the more people finishing high school, the more people attending university, the richer and more productive our country will become, writes Adam Creighton.

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A hex on graduates staying at home

The Murdoch Sundays were on the track of student bludgers at the weekend — professional students who keep racking up HECS debts by taking one degree after another without ever getting a proper job to earn enough money to have to start paying back their debt.

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How to con your way into Harvard

Like a real-life Talented Mr Ripley, 23-year-old Adam Wheeler bluffed his way into Harvard, picking up tens thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships. And he would’ve got away with it, too, but he got greedy. Read the fascinating full story.

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Australian unis infiltrated by organised crime?

The Oz has its hands on a confidential government report that reveals overseas organised crime outfits are attempting to “shoehorn illegal migrants into the country as fee-paying students” via student visas.

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All those journalism graduates … all these jobs

It might seem that a journalism degree is a sure-fire path to a life of blogging about your experiences at Centrelink, says Chris Scanlon, yet enrolments in the country’s journalism courses have been rising steadily.

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Work hard for permanent residency? Why bother?

An anonymous reader lets exposes the second-rate hospitality training given to international students hoping to gain permanent residency in Australia.

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Melbourne Muddle: elite students turning away from law in droves

Elite students are turning away from the once-prestigious Melbourne University law school in droves, shunning the Melbourne Model in favour of not only long-time rival Monash, but also RMIT and Deakin University.

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