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Quality Management in Education

Youth work course upheaval at RMIT. CLASSES have been cancelled at short notice and students disrupted at RMIT University‘s youth work course amid an internal dispute over cost cutting, claims of bullying and fears the course will be diluted into the social work disciplineTwo weeks ago Judith Bessant was dumped as youth work discipline head by global studies, social science and planning dean David Hayward, and she and two other senior staff are on sick leave. As a result, the school has had to cancel classes while it seeks cover.

Who says it is only private colleges that are disjointed and financially mismanaged?

Curbs on shonky providers hailed. University of Melbourne skilled-migration expert Lesleyanne Hawthorne said the proposals would go a long way towards weeding out shonky providers and restoring confidence to the sector. She said lack of enforcement had been a key reason shonky providers had been allowed to emerge in the first place. State regulators have been particularly criticised for not putting enough resources into monitoring the soaring number of private providers.

Rare attempt to highlight the real issue on education quality amongst providers, i.e. regulators, where are they and what have they been doing?

College records hard to find. The Sydney-based International Institute of Business and Information Technology defended the accuracy of its attendance records before the tribunal while at the same time implying there was nothing to stop students changing them. Courses at the IIBIT college include accounting, IT and English. It also delivers programs in partnership with Ballarat University in Sydney and Adelaide. The tribunal cases seen by the HES did not involve Ballarat students.

Surely this is also the responsibility of the University of Ballarat franchising their name and program, or they do not have a duty of care?

Common element with all these issues is how state sector of education seems to avoid any scrutiny, let alone need to meet minimal (intrusive) quality system expectations? Without letting off bad private providers, it also highlights issue of hybrid organisations and culture, i.e. state sector becoming involved in commercial for profit operations which may compromise their credibility. Other obvious examples are AWB, Austrade, AFE, universities and former or existing statutory authorities who have compromised their integrity through private or financial adventures.

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