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Recent Policy Documents
IRU submission to the Coalition's Online Higher Education Working Group
The IRU welcomes the interest from the Coalition in forming the Online Higher Education Working Group to examine the changes in online and digital learning for the potential they have to change the nature of higher education delivery. The opportunities are clear: - to change substantially the way in which all students are taught; - to improve access to higher education for people right across Australia; and - to give greater access to Australian higher education to potential students around the world, particularly for people in Asian countries where the gap between demand for higher education and local provision remains substantial.
IRU OS-HELP submission
The “Government’s Higher Education Support Amendment (Asian Century) Bill 2013”, amends the Higher Education Support Act (2003) to improve OS-HELP, by expanding eligible activities and the OS-HELP loan amount, to encourage more students to undertake study experiences in Asia.
IRU submission to the Higher Education Standards Panel
The IRU welcomes the Higher Education Standards Panel’s release for comment of two draft standards for Course Design and Learning Outcomes. The IRU’s comments address the Panel’s two requests for: 1. a response to its approach to drafting the standards; and 2. reactions to the specific standards proposed for Course Design and Learning Outcomes.
IRU comment - Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia
The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) strongly support the recommendations outlined in the Draft Summary Consultation Paper of the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research (HMR). The paper provides a clear and comprehensive vision for the future of HMR in Australia.
IRU response - Graduate and Vocational Certificates and Diplomas in the AQF
The AQF Council’s proposed solution to the future of the graduate certificate and graduate diploma qualifications is to: - abolish the Graduate Certificate as an AQF sanctioned qualification; - redefine the Graduate Diploma as level 7, a free standing qualification which would be an alternative to a bachelor degree as a pathway to level 8 and beyond; and - create an Advanced Graduate Diploma, level 8, very similar to the many current Graduate Diplomas.