September 6, 2016
Improving equity in higher education participation – IRU response to HEPP evaluation
Without a constructive Government response to the evaluation, the next round of HEPPP cuts risks undermining a program critical for educating all students well. It is essential that the long-term program, sustains the incentive to enrol all suitable students regardless of background.
Hence a funding stream tied to enrolments of low SES students and other underrepresented groups remains a core need of an effective higher education funding system.
Based on the original proposal for HEPPP and redressing the history of its implementation the future scheme should involve:
- inclusion of a significant loading in the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) addressing student background, to reward enrolment of a diverse student population broadly matching that of Australia;
- maintenance of an effective HEPPP program targeting the development of interest in higher education among communities and individuals less likely to aspire to university and support for their educational development; and
- sensible reporting and acquittal arrangements that do not hamper the constructive delivery of student supports.
Read the full response below.