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MEASURING UNIVERSITY COSTS: SOLVING THE JOINT AND COMMON COST PROBLEM

The joint and common cost problem arises where there are two or more outputs that arise from costs that are shared in the production of these outputs.
In many situations, the ability to assign costs to these two or more outputs is not complex. But there are instances where it is highly complex. In these situations, there is a need to use advanced analytics to provide a valid and reliable estimate of costs.

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An international student levy could ease the research funding squeeze

Last week in The Australian, Australian National University economics professors Bruce Chapman and Rabee Tourky reignited a debate about a levy on international student tuition revenue (“Universities should pay levy on ‘foreign student industry’ ”, 15/11).

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Universities should be encouraged to specialise in what they do best

For several weeks, those interested in higher education have been contemplating the interim report of the Universities Accord review.

The report makes many insightful and far-reaching observations. Undoubtedly it will be a turning point for important aspects of the educational offerings within our public universities.

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Productivity is the crucial, but unmentioned, word in the SA uni merger

For several years economist Keith Houghton, a former business and economics dean at the Australian National University, has been gathering data on the productivity performance of Australian universities to give a picture of the efficiency of their research and the efficiency of their teaching.

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