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31 Oct Universities – self-serving or civically engaged: HECG Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON In a blistering speech earlier this year, international higher education policy expert Professor Ellen Hazelkorn argued that while higher education historically has had a close relation with the city and country of its founding, today universities are “considered part of the elite” and have become disengaged from...

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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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26 Jul University ensures learning is a family affair: HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON There are many fine examples of universities interacting with their local communities to drive access, boost employability and to help to stimulate economic growth. Here in Australia the University of Tasmania and Federation University, to name just two, are doing excellent work in...

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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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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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