Tertiary education in Australia has some popular problems, which we have admired for years: at least enough for an EP (that’s an extended play vinyl record). No labels have signed up for unpopular solutions in the last three decades, however. A hard rain is starting to fall.
A choice is coming, whether to revert back to old ways when the crisis is over or use this as a watershed moment for transformative change in higher education.3
‘Big bang’ reform of the tertiary sector now appears off the agenda. In this term of government, reform is likely to be more incremental in nature.
With far higher numbers of young people attending university than in the past, the value of a university degree is often now questioned. But a new KPMG report, Is tertiary…
In a report published today written with Andrew Dempster and Mark Warburton, I argue we need to move away from the binary division between higher education and vocational education and training.
Through their support of key student cohorts, close community engagement, industry partnerships, and industry-leading training, Victorian TAFEs have a vital role in sustaining and growing Victoria’s prosperity into the future.
Greater Western Sydney and other regions are on the cusp of transformative change. This calls for education, government and employers to work together.
What, how and when students learn will all fundamentally change in education in the future.2
After 30 years of constant expansion, some complain that universities have become too vocational in nature – too focused on jobs, not enough on the art of inquiry.1