Submission

Regional Universities Network (RUN) submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee Inquiry into the School to Work Transition

31 Aug 2017
Description

Since 2000, higher education enrolments have effectively doubled, extending higher education participation to many students who would not have considered university study as a realistic proposition in previous decades. This has opened up professional job opportunities for many. The growth has been driven, in part, by the introduction of the demand driven student system for university places, whereby universities can enroll as many students as they wish in most courses, by programs such as the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), designed to increase and support the participation in higher education of students from low SES backgrounds and other equity groups at university, and by broader developments within Australia and internationally. It is therefore essential that institutions adapt to ensure that they support this new cohort to study successfully.

Our submission addresses

  • The characteristics of RUN universities and their students.
  • How RUN universities are informing and supporting students in relation to post-school education and training (Opportunities to better inform and support students in relation to post-school education and training, including use of employment outcomes of students who undertake school-based vocational education or post-school tertiary pathways - ToR 2).
  • Other related matters, including the impact of various proposed higher education reforms (ToR 3).

With respect to ToR 2, we consider that the best mechanism to inform and support students in relation to post-school education and training is via competent and up-to-date careers advice in schools, and outreach activities from universities (and other tertiary education and training providers) to schools. Employment outcomes for university graduates are the result of numerous factors. We therefore do not support using them to gauge the performance of universities.

 

Inquiry into school to work transition: Terms of Reference

The Committee will inquire into and report on how students are supported from school to work including the following matters:

1. Measurements of gain in school and how this contributes to supporting students to prepare for post-school education and training; 
2. Opportunities to better inform and support students in relation to post-school education and training, including use of employment outcomes of students who undertake school-based vocational education or post-school tertiary pathways; 
3. Other related matters that the Committee considers relevant. 

Publication Details
Language: 
English
Published year only: 
2017
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