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Private higher education in Australia

Stone, D.L. (1990) Private higher education in Australia. Higher Education, 20 (2). pp. 143-159.

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In the post World War Two era and prior to the mid 1980s Australia has been characterised by exclusive public provision, financing and regulation of higher education. The 1980s, however, have been marked by considerable turmoil which culminated in the 1988 White Paper. Circumstances provided by the reform of the higher education system, the booming overseas student market and unmet domestic demand have provided a window of opportunity for private providers. This paper charts the growth of private provision, federal and state government responses and the pressures for subsidy and regulation. The paper concludes that the policies of both levels of government are hastening the development of what Geiger (1988) defines as a 'peripheral private sector' of higher education in Australia.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright: © 1990 Kluwer Academic Publishers
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