Luckily, the Australian government has just re-appointed TEQSA’s commissioners to oversee the development of quality and standards in Australian education. While no doubt, the current Minister of Education is investing in experience and wisdom, we are not sure it bodes well for Australia’s investment in contemporary or innovative programs. That might just be the point.
It is disappointing that the government has not taken more risk in its appointments, nor consulted widely with the private higher education sector. With the current government likely to be out of jobs in the very near future, we hope it is a holding pattern until more substantial policy, thinking and investment in restructuring the higher education system is made.
Moving forwards, the Lucky Country has these fresh faces to decide the fate of private higher education.