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Joy and data: Creating success for every student

Education in Australia has increasingly become a highly-pressurised pursuit of success. More than ever, students are told to excel academically if they are going to succeed in life. Are we at risk of losing all joy of learning?

Spoiled by choice: How NCEA hampers education, and what it needs to succeed

The recommendations in this report will raise expectations and equity by creating a safety-net of core subjects all students must master. They will reduce teachers’ workloads and the volume of assessment, reduce the opportunities and incentives to teach to the test, and improve teaching and...

The Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and related loans: a chronology

This research paper contains a brief summary of the development of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and related schemes, including VET FEE-HELP, and includes some relevant statistics, as well as a detailed chronology of changes to the scheme.
Discussion paper

What price the gap? Education and inequality in Australia

It is widely understood that Australia’s school performance (as measured by international test scores) has been falling. What’s less understood is that this headline buries a stark, unpalatable fact: our international test results show that kids at the bottom of the performance distribution are falling...

What factors explain the likelihood of completing a VET qualification?

The aim of this project is to identify the factors affecting the likelihood of completing a VET qualification among government-funded students.

Regional Universities Network: submission on the BCA’s paper Future proof: protecting Australians through education and skills

RUN universities are committed to improving student access, participation and success. However, there still exists a significant gap in higher education attainment (and Year 12 school completion) between the regions and major cities.

Regional Universities Network submission to the Independent review into regional, rural and remote education

Education should be seen as a major lever to drive economic development in regional Australia. Issues, policy and funding around school education and transition to work or further education should not be seen in isolation from other issues around regional economic development.

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

Differences between metropolitan and regional universities are attributable to structural, financial, geographical (e.g. time and cost of distance travel) and employment-related factors that inhibit participation by regional students and which contribute to attrition and delays in apparent completion rates.

Regional Universities Network submission to the Department of Education and Training Improving retention, completion and success in higher education

Structural, socio-cultural, economic and demographic factors that powerfully drive trends around retention and completion impact on regional universities very strongly, and in ways that differ from metropolitan institutions.

Regional Universities Network (RUN) submission on the draft possible key elements of the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) guidelines

A small proportion of Australia’s universities, such as RUN’s members, do the ‘heavy lifting’ in terms of providing access to students from low SES backgrounds.