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On the efficiency frontier

Two weeks ago, The Australian’s higher education editor Tim Dodd commented on the “level of efficiency and effectiveness that online courses promised to deliver”. The comment came after entrepreneurial Australian online job placement firm Seek announced further strategic investments in online education.

Seek, a proponent of online education, joined with Swinburne University of Technology to create Swinburne Online in 2011.

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Universities and Government dig in on funding cuts

“….Former Australian National University business and economics dean Keith Houghton attached much attention at the summit with his university productivity data that showed wide variations across the sector in the cost of producing each research paper and educating each student…”

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Follow the higher ed money

“Earlier this month we reported remarks by former ANU business dean Keith Houghton that although his research showed that universities as a sector had lifted efficiency over recent years, the track record of some institutions suggested they would struggle to find the productivity to meet the government’s 2.5 per cent efficiency dividend …”

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Education Minister Simon Birmingham warns universities they must focus on efficiency and value for money

“Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has issued a tough warning to universities to focus on efficiency and value for money or risk losing public trust and goodwill…

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Australian universities make strong productivity gains but regionals lag

“Australian universities increased their productivity by an average 15.7 per cent in the six years to 2013, with the Group of Eight ­averaging gains of about 25 per cent. But a small number of ­regional universities slipped into negative territory…

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