A snippet on higher education
As I mentioned a while ago, I’m using the blog as a database of snippets that seem likely to be useful, but need to be cut from articles for space or other reasons. Comments are appreciated as always
The recent higher education policy paper Backing Australia’s Future has estimated that students are currently contributing about 25 per cent of the cost of their education. However, this is a gross under-estimate. It involves an overstatement of the subsidy associated with HECS, ignores the tax deductions that would apply for alternative investments, and fails to take account of the cross-subsidies inherent in the university system, from undergraduate education to research and supervision of graduate students (far from recognising these cross-subsidies, Backing Australia’s Future tries to claim that research funding Îsupports individual [undergraduate] studentsâ.)
For undergraduate students in areas like commerce and business, the contribution is closer to 100 per cent of the resources allocated to them than 25 per cent. For law students the contribution may already exceed 100 per cent, and will certainly do so under new proposed arrangements.