University Students

06 Sep Will open access open a new era in learning? HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON Western Sydney University’s free e-text initiative - launched in first semester this year - no doubt has been noted by the National Union of Students, which last year began a campaign to make textbooks cheaper while also calling for the removal of import restrictions on books. NUS national welfare...

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12 Jul Universities get set to clear up admissions standards: HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON Australia’s universities will be extra busy these next few months as they get down to work on developing new transparent and consistent student admissions requirements due to be put in place and operating from August onwards. They will be working from a new admissions transparency...

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21 Jun Are universities failing to support women’s career aspirations? HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON It’s been a heady time for highered policy wonks and number crunchers in England with the release recently of the new Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data. LEO is particularly interesting because it links tax data to education records, offering a new insight into how university graduates...

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17 May Yes, universities can really boost their local communities: HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON Professor Ellen Hazelkorn’s argument that many higher education institutions have disengaged themselves from their local communities (see my previous HECG Trendwatch) has been challenged this week by Universities Australia. In its latest newsletter UA says Australia’s higher education sector is globally oriented but also has...

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19 Apr Admissions and dropouts: time to adjust highered’s moral compass? HECG Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON Universities have a job on their hands this year as they figure out how to ensure their admissions systems and entry requirements are equitable, transparent and understandable. They don’t have much choice in the matter. First, Peter Shergold's Higher Education Standards Panel on undergraduate entry requirements...

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04 Apr Are academics equipped to deal with the big digital disruption? HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON It is widely accepted that universities are facing massive challenges as society transitions from the industrial age into the digital era. Higher education’s traditional “business model” is being battered by technological disruptions in parallel with growing demands that it be responsible for the constant...

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14 Oct Is it ‘bizarre’ to think there are too many graduates? HECG Highered Trendwatch

Australia’s Education Minister Simon Birmingham recently made the blindingly obvious observation that most students “first and foremost” go to university in the hope that a degree will secure them a decent job. He followed this up by making the apparently not-so-obvious point that universities might...

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07 Oct When innovation in highered means getting the students involved: HECG Trendwatch

An interesting view on innovation in higher education came recently from Fernando León Garcia, president of the CETYS University system in Mexico, which hosted an International Seminar on Innovation in Higher Education. “It’s about how you teach, how you develop a person, and if you do it differently,...

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