So, to Johannesburg, where South African Education Minister (and Communist Party chief) Blade Nzimande finally announced the government’s decision on tuition for next year. He was in a tricky place: students are still demanding free tuition (see my previous story on the Fees Must Fall movement here) and will not accept a hike in fees. Meanwhile, universities are quite rightly feeling very stretched (it’s tough trying to maintain developed-world caliber institutions on a tax base which is only partially of … [ Read More ]
The UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency (also known in these parts as “the other HESA”) put out an interesting report recently on participation in higher education in England (available here). England is of course of great interest to access researchers everywhere because its massive tuition hike in 2012 is a major natural policy experiment: if there is no clear evidence of changes in access after a tuition hike of that magnitude then we can be more confident that tuition hikes … [ Read More ]
Earlier this week Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) decided to hold a “National Day of Action”, its first since 2012. Many may find this a bit puzzling: after all, this is a year in which the federal government increased student grants and doubled the number of summer student jobs (also, increased granting council funding and put aside gazillions for infrastructure, though that may matter less to students than to other post-secondary stakeholders). So what, exactly, is CFS thinking?
Well, I don’t have … [ Read More ]
You may remember a blog I wrote last year concerning something called the Tennessee Promise. Described by some as a “free tuition” program, essentially what it did was ensure that every Tennessee student enrolled in a Tennessee community college received student aid at least equal to tuition. In the fall, the state touted that first year, direct-from high-school enrollments in Tennessee colleges had increased by fourteen percent. But now, however, some more complete data is available in the form of … [ Read More ]
So there’s a kerfuffle going on in New Brunswick about the government’s new “tuition-free” policy for students from families with under $60K in income which I mentioned in passing a couple of weeks ago. Basically, the problem is that the government drew up the program hurriedly, on the back of an envelope, and didn’t think through the consequences.
If you just listen to the launch announcements, the new New Brunswick program is similar to the new Ontario program (which you … [ Read More ]