Go8 Backgrounder 31 - Higher education financing
University funding is complex. It covers a range of different activities, sometimes in not entirely transparent ways. Policies and programs change over time. Inflation and movements in enrolments complicate the picture further. For all of these reasons, it is easy to make claims about funding over time that are only partly right. This paper looks at aggregate university funding, and funding for different university activities over time, adjusting for inflation and changes in student and staff numbers in order to develop a more informed and nuanced picture of trends.
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