Arts suffer after university caps axed

The creative arts have fallen out of favour under the government’s decision to axe the cap on university student places, while the lure of high wages and strong job prospects has led to more demand for engineering courses, writes Misha Schubert for The Age.

The latest data on course offers from universities provide a compelling insight into how deregulation of the higher education system is driving a dramatic shift in course student numbers. With the cap axed, students have been able to enrol in courses they were previously locked out of due to place limitations and, in some cases, artificially inflated entry scores.

A sample of selected raw data from this year's offers reveals growth in the number of students undertaking degrees in several high-demand professions and a concurrent fall in enrolments in some humanities courses.
Full report on The Age site