An income-contingent loan system like HECS helps the market weave its magic, ensuring the price mechanism works even better. It’s time to stop apologising for it, argues Richard Holden.
Deregulating student fees and providing more choice through private providers have the potential to transform our higher education sector, which is being strangled by a lack of funding and diversity, writes UNSW Vice-Chancellor Fred Hilmer.
Universities need to be more aggressive in fighting red tape, funding shortages and incoherent policy, Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer told the National Press Club.
The greatest private, public and social benefits from higher education are achieved by increasing participation by lower socio-economic status students, writes Professor Peter Shergold.