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1 What Next for Online Learning: The Australian Experience Stuart Hamilton AO Chief Executive Officer

2 39 universities: 37 public and 2 private 3 other self-accrediting specialist higher education institutions about 120 generally small specific-purpose non- self-accrediting higher education providers Higher Education in Austhralia

3 1.066m student enrolments in 2008 –772k domestic students (up 7.7%) –294k overseas students (up 2%) 69% full time 94% at public universities Size of Sector

4 Operating Grants linked to a specified number of Commonwealth Supported Places each year. Scheme to cover tuition fees through income-contingent loans. Range of grants to universities for specific purposes including quality, learning and teaching, research and research training programs. Students can also receive a living allowance (Austudy) subject to a centrally administered income test. University Funding

5 44% from federal grants 14% from student loans 22% from fees and charges 5% from royalties and licences Sources of Revenue

6 By 2025, 40 per cent of all 25 to 34 year olds will hold a qualification at bachelor level or above. By 2020, 20 per cent of higher education enrolments at the undergraduate level will be of people from a low SES background. Government Targets

7 Main DE Providers 2008 by number of students

8 no entry requirements for first year UG units from any provider gain automatic credit study at any time of the year study 1 unit or a full degree and stop and start when they like access to income contingent loans without a fee Whats in OUA for students

9 national marketing no quota, central enrolment and student administration cost-effective sharing of teaching economies of scale support, including financial grants, for upgrading courses, shareholders may also receive dividends Whats in OUA for universities

10 OUA Total Annual Enrolments

11 4 days or fewer on campus: 57% < 65% average weekly contact hours: 16 >15 number who believe they are known by at least one lecturer: 66% > 58% number of hours a week studying online: 4.2 < 6.5 proportion in paid work: 55% < 61% Source: Richard James et al: The First Year Experience in Australian Universities: Findings from 1994 to 2009 (Uni of Melbourne & Griffith Uni) First Year Trends

12 Students by Age Band


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