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Censor sensibility

However controversial, tying the tongue of an academic risks betraying the fundamental principles of any institution. By Michael J. Spence. Professor George Arnold Wood was a patriotic man and a fervent supporter of the British Empire, but he had strong objections ...

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Private options are public’s gain

The system requires greater institutional diversity to remain competitive and serve its students. By Tim Brailsford. The recent federal Budget foreshadows major reform of the Australian higher education sector. If the proposed measures are passed into legislation, more students will ...

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Teacher education review: high-stakes Q&A

The upcoming taskforce on preparing educators aims for a practical approach to getting results. By Greg Craven. One of the things that strikes me as I get older is that answers seem to be fewer and fewer and questions seem ...

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Face-to-face value

Interview potential staff to determine whether their ethics will match your institution’s. By Kerry Cox. Having been brought up on a farm, I was told early in my life that, “A chain is as strong as its weakest link.” During ...

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Uncap sub-bachelor programs, too

The early evidence suggests the demand-driven system is off to a good start but the ‘perverse’ incentive to underserve students who need more assistance should go. By Peter Dawkins. One of the initial steps of the Abbott Government in its ...

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Urge to merge needs a rethink

The funding crunch raises the spectre of combining institutions; remember to consider all options when going down this path. By Andrew Vann. It’s hard to picture now, with the mercury over 40 in parts of the country in recent weeks, ...

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The path to greater research

A close look at funding schemes here and in the UK reveals the importance of supporting higher degree candidates. By Paul Wellings. One of the recurring higher education policy debates of the past two decades has focused on how much ...

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Federation the name for regional success

Australia’s newest regional university, Federation University Australia, the result of a merger of Monash University’s Gippsland campus and the University of Ballarat, comes into existence on the first day of the new year. By David Battersby. “The rationale for developing ...

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Life in the squeezed middle

Universities established in the 1970s are facing a mid-life crisis as they look towards the internationalising future. By Richard Higgott. “For the quality agenda to prevail, universities need to be academically led and governed, not simply managed.” Few people would ...

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Goals require Olympic effort

The formula for Australia’s sporting accomplishments holds the key to greater innovation. By Michael Barber. It seems hardly necessary to stress the importance of innovation, particularly for productivity growth and, hence, future economic development. But whilst innovation is one of ...

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