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Government welcomes BCA focus on quality

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Chris Evans, today welcomed the Business Council of Australia’s contribution to the debate on higher education in its policy paper titled Higher Education: lifting the quality of teaching and learning, developed by the BCA’s Education, Skills and Innovation Taskforce.

“The BCA’s policy paper recognises the importance of higher education to our global competitiveness and future economic success,” Senator Evans said.

The Government’s quality agenda, which is aimed at improving outcomes for students and pursuing national quality objectives at a time of sustained growth in higher education, was a key plank in the Government’s $5.4 billion response to the Bradley Review of Higher Education in 2009.

The Government’s quality agenda in higher education includes:

  • the establishment of a new national regulatory and quality body, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), legislation for which was introduced into Parliament last week;
  • a new performance funding framework to reward universities for improved quality outcomes from 2012;
  • an ongoing $50 million program of grants and awards to support and reward excellence in university teaching; and
  • improved transparency and better information for students and prospective students through the establishment of theMy Universitywebsite.

“Quality will remain central to the Government’s future plans for higher education. As we enter a period of more rapid growth in enrolments of young Australians in higher education, we need to be confident that the quality of the education that students are receiving can be assured,” Senator Evans said.

“The BCA’s policy paper is a timely reminder that Australia’s universities need to continue to focus on delivering quality outcomes for their students as we move to a new funding system which is responsive to student demand.”