DEEWR’s latest higher education newsletter, published today, mostly summarises prior announcements. But there was one statement worth noting:
The Government will announce the details of the review of base funding levels in 2010. While it is for the review to consider the appropriate level of base funding, … early estimates of over enrolments for Commonwealth supported places in 2010 suggests that universities will increase their number of Government funded places while being funded at current rates.
What this effectively says is that the government does not need to increase per student funding rates because universities will be stupid enough to keep enrolling more students even while the government keeps slashing their real funding.
I despair at the lack of political strategy and skill in the higher education sector.