APING THE US MODEL, The Age (7 May 2007)

The Dean of Melbourne University, Professor Michael Crommelin makes the fundamental error of equating correlation with causation when he claims that students of graduate professional programs are more likely to have attended government schools. Highly able, mature and motivated students will enter a professional course after year 12, irrespective of the school attended or their socio-economic status.

To make their US style education attractive, the University is using dubious strategies such as creaming off the best students through scholarships under the guise of equity; awarding Doctor of Medicine/Juris Doctor for a first degree in medicine/law when it should, at best, be a Masters degree. This will also worsen the rampant credentialism.