Last month, university data for 2020 was released by Acting Education Minister Stuart Robert. This first official data reveals the effects of the pandemic on Australia’s universities. Many had proselytised that Covid-19 would be the ruin of universities, and certain commentators courageously listed selected universities as being “high risk”. While the list proved inaccurate, many […]

The Covid-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to reflect deeply on what has gone before and how we should do things differently.  In the article below, Stephen Parker presents his personal vision to rebuild Australia’s tertiary education system, improving its sustainability, fairness and productivity.   Sooner or later, every era seems to re-fashion its education system

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We have developed a powerful productivity measure called the Research and Education Efficiency Frontier (REEF) Index.  The methodology behind REEF has its origins in data envelopment analysis (DEA) and is easily represented graphically using a frontier technique.  It is uniquely suited to universities.  We explain why and how below. The REEF methodology and universities All

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June 8, 2021 THE AUSTRALIAN Why Alan Tudge is right to talk about specialisation in universities By STEPHEN PARKER, KEITH HOUGHTON and MARK CLISBY Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge told universities last week he wanted to start a conversation about greater differentiation and specialisation in the sector. Thirty-nine comprehensive universities may not be the optimal model for quality teaching

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August 21, 2020 THE AUSTRALIAN Research productivity is growing; Teaching productivity is not Three weeks ago in this publication, Stephen Parker described the challenges facing professions and occupations that suffer from what is sometimes referred to as Baumol cost disease. This is the idea that some kinds of personal services find it difficult to generate

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August 12, 2020 THE AUSTRALIAN Covid has pushed universities into an era of transformative change KEITH HOUGHTON AND GEORGE AVELING With an ever-evolving pandemic, what are the prospects of a second or subsequent wave, here or abroad? There is a real possibility that higher education will continue to be delivered online next year and perhaps

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June 10, 2020 THE AUSTRALIAN Public universities are stressed, but there’s no sign they will fail Keith Houghton and Mark Clisby Recent statements in the media on the “financial risk” of universities given the current disruption created as a consequence of COVID-19 have received attention in a number of quarters. There is little doubt that

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May 27, 2020 THE AUSTRALIAN Technology will change the competitive landscape for universities Keith Houghton and George Aveling  Technology has been a great enabler and huge disrupter. Uber turned the taxi industry upside down worldwide. AirBnb has disrupted the accommodation industry. Online travel booking options have disrupted the livelihoods of travel agents.  The pathway to

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April 21, 2020 THE AUSTRALIAN Digital delivery is inevitable; the virus simply speeds up the process Keith Houghton Even with the recent federal government package, the current disruption in higher education seems overwhelming. The impacts are immediate and real. For many, the future opportunities for universities seem to be well hidden behind a mountain of immediate

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