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Newsletter 27 April 2011




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US Community College Degrees experience rapid growth

TDA and the LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management have released a Communiqué outlining findings from the recently completed Tertiary Mission to US Community Colleges.

The Mission, led by TDA and the LH Martin Institute, included delegates from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, TAFE Institutes in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Western Australia, as well as group training company and registered training organisation, MEGT.

A key finding from the Mission was the extent to which US Community Colleges are being granted legislative authority to offer four-year degrees – and the rapid growth of these degrees within and across US states. Seventeen states have legislated to allow Colleges to offer degrees, and some 180 Colleges across the 1,200 American Community Colleges are now allowed to offer one or more degrees.

For other findings from the Mission, access the full Communiqué here.

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US ‘League for Innovation in the Community College’ hosts Australian Tertiary Mission

During the Tertiary Mission to US Community Colleges, visiting Australian delegates were invited by the League of Innovation in the Community College to a special reception in New Orleans.

Gerardo E. de los Santos, President and CEO, with Board members Dr Rufus Glasper (President, Maricopa Community Colleges System, AZ) and Dr. Mary Spilde (President, Lane Community College, OR), were among senior staff and College presidents who met to discuss a widening network with Australian TAFE Institute directors.

Colleges across the League of Innovation have been at the forefront of implementing 'change models' for both educational and financial structures in Community Colleges, with many Colleges creating new levels of articulation agreements with universities, or striking out with approvals for College degrees.   

The League of Innovation reception took place on the closing day of the AACC 2011 Convention.


(L to R) Martin Riordan (CEO, TDA), Gerardo E. de los Santos (President and CEO, League of Innovation in the Community College), Dr. Rufus Glasper (Chancellor, Maricopa Community Colleges), Bruce Mackenzie (CEO, Holmesglen Institute, VIC) 

(L to R) David Windridge (CEO, MEGT Australia), Dr. Beth Hagan (Executive Director, Baccalaureate Association, FL), Terrence J. Burgess (President, San Diego City College, San Diego Community College District), Carolie Morrissey (Deputy Director of TAFE, Victoria University)

(L to R) Dr. Mary Spilde (President, Lane Community College, OR) and Kaylene Harth (Institute Director, South Brisbane Institute of TAFE QLD)

(L to R) Gerardo E. de los Santos (President and CEO, League of Innovation in the Community College) and Martin Brown (Director, Higher Education, TAFE NSW)


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TDA Submission to the Knight student visa review

TDA has submitted its response to the Review of Student Visas being led by the Hon Michael Knight AO.

TDA’s submission features nine key recommendations including:

  • the establishment of a formal Student Visa Advisory Group
  • the removal of English language and educational qualifications from threshold requirements
  • the replacement of the current Assessment Level regime with provider-based assessment levels

TDA also noted that many of the issues it raised in a 2003 Policy Paper (page 15) remain relevant and unresolved. The full submission can be read here.

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VET regulator website up and running

A website has been launched to support the new VET regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Agency (ASQA): www.asqa.gov.au.  

A draft schedule of fees has been proposed and is available on the website. ASQA is seeking feedback on the fees by 6 May. Please email any comments or suggestions to consultation@asqa.gov.au.  

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Impact of economic downturn on young people

Young people were troubled by fears of unemployment, and work opportunities were scarce, during the economic downturn, according to new research from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

The research found that it was particularly difficult for young people to obtain an apprenticeship or traineeship, and many changed their courses to improve employment prospects.

For more information click here.

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Foundation Skills Strategy - consultations underway

A National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults is currently being developed by the Federal Government in collaboration with state and territory governments.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) is consulting with external stakeholders on the strategy.

Members are invited to respond to the issues outlined in a consultation paper. For more information or to respond, click here. Submissions are due by 6 May 2011.

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Australia Arab Business Forum & Expo

The Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AACCI) is holding its inaugural Business Forum & Expo in Melbourne, 5 May.

The event is an opportunity to meet and network with key leaders from the Middle East region, and identify potential business opportunities.

Click here for more information.

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Diary Dates

The 9th Annual Higher Education Summit
DATE: 27-29 April, 2011
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane
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Research in VET: Janus – Reflecting Back, Projecting Forward
DATE: 28-29 April, 2011
LOCATION: Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
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DATE: 27-28 April, 2011
LOCATION: Rutherford House, Wellington
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Gaining the Edge – Outcomes, Equity and Innovation
DATE: 3-4 May, 2011
LOCATION: Hilton on the Park, Melbourne
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2011 Queensland VET Symposium
DATE: 12-13 May, 2011
LOCATION: Hilton, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Industry E-learning Showcase and Exhibition
DATE: 25 May, 2011
LOCATION: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

20th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference (No Frills)
DATE: 13-15 July, 2011
LOCATION: North Coast TAFE, Coffs Harbour
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Higher Education on the Edge
DATE: 4-7 July, 2011
LOCATION: Radisson Resort, Gold Coast
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2011 National VET Conference
DATE: 4-5 August, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 National Conference
DATE: 10 August, 2011
LOCATION: Four Season’s Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 National Conference
DATE: 5-6 September, 2011
LOCATION: Sheraton on the Park Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: More information soon

2011 Conference
DATE: 11-14 October, 2011
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
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ePortfolios Australia Conference 2011
DATE: 17-18 October, 2011
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Looking ahead - Group Training National Conference
DATE: 19-21 October, 2011
LOCATION: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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