Higher education, Policy formation, Lifelong learning, Pathways, Equal education, Funding, Skill development, Qualifications, Frameworks
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) recognises the importance of universities, and the higher education sector more broadly, to the prosperity and success of Australia. ACER welcomes the intent and focus of the Universities Accord in creating a system that enables all Australians to consider the option of university education and be supported in embracing this opportunity. In our submission to the Accord Panel, we would like to provide reflection and insight into the following key areas:
- Recognising the higher education ‘life cycle’ begins well before university enrolment.
- Continuing to build the emphasis on equality of opportunity and equity-focussed support.
- Accepting that the cost of educating students is vastly different depending on context and as such funding models need to change.
- Developing tools to identify, assess and articulate the breadth of skills developed in higher education.
Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). (2023). The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) response to the Australian Universities Accord Panel interim report. Australian Council for Educational Research. https://research.acer.edu.au/higher_education/78
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