Guest lecture notes on the 2020 higher education policy reform plan, Job Ready Graduates

Last week the University of Melbourne's Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy invited me to present on this topic to a group of 46 students, studying Education Policy and Reform. Presentation and discussion with Education Policy and Reform students. Image source: https://www.artofthetitle.com/title/game-of-thrones/ Our session was off-campus: a meeting of minds via Zoom, on a cool…

Australian mystery: higher education spending rose – how come no-one knows?

Old hands and policy wonks have mapped the shifts and drifts of Australian higher education policy over the last few decades. Often these are viewed in a wider comparative context. The Education at a Glance reports, published each year by the OECD, can provide this. Our most widely quoted international comparisons focus on funding. Up…

Higher education: survive the tempest, plan for more sea-change

Like a scene from Shakespeare’s Tempest, study in Australia has been swept off campus. To keep study programs afloat, staff and students alike have leapt or scrambled online. As shutdowns relax and our "tyranny of social distancing" lifts, campus life will re-animate. The shipwreck in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Act 1. (Engraving by Benjamin Smith after…