TAFE University Degrees, Colleges and Polytechnics
This initiative is part of the push to win commonwealth funding for degrees in the post-2012 uncapped system. A blueprint for the tertiary education sector will be discussed by the TDA board in Brisbane tomorrow. It includes protocols for a new category of non-university institution that would offer degrees at bachelor and masters level in additional to vocational courses.
An early draft seen by the HES proposed naming masters degree offering institutions polytechnic universities or university colleges. Providers offering degrees at bachelor level only would be dubbed polytechnics. But the HES understands the final version avoids any new nomenclature.