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Analysis of publicly funded load & student numbers by state and provider type

4 July 2014, by Assoc Prof Leesa Wheelahan

The analysis in this paper is based on the National Centre for Vocational Education Research’s (2014) Students and Courses. It consists of two tables, both of which have been derived from Table 15 in the Australian and State and Territory tables. The paper shows changes in the number of publicly funded students and changes in the number of full-year training equivalents (or student load) from 2009 – 2013 in each state. It also shows the share of publicly funded student numbers and student load by provider type (TAFE, adult and community education and private providers) in each state.

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Why institutions matter; why TAFE MATTERS

24 October 2013, by Assoc Prof Leesa Wheelahan

Leesa Wheelahan on why we need institutions, not markets.

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The marketisation of TAFE

17 July 2013, by Assoc Prof Leesa Wheelahan

Leesa Wheelahan on why learning is about more than mere supply and demand.

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The fractured social settlement in VET in Australia

25 September 2012, by Assoc Prof Leesa Wheelahan

Australia needs to increase productivity and workforce participation to maintain competitiveness and increase social inclusion.

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VET has too many qualifications and is too complex

13 June 2012, by Assoc Prof Leesa Wheelahan

In 2010, there were at least 1416 training package qualifications offered by VET providers. The median number of equivalent full-time students in these qualifications was 34. That is, half of these qualifications had fewer than 34 equivalent full-time students, and half had more than 34. This is not the median number of equivalent full-time students in each qualification in each VET provider; it is the median number in each qualification in Australia. In universities, each qualification needs to have at least 25 equivalent full-time students, or management will come hunting.

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