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…

Game of Codes: will funding changes pervert the course of higher learning?

"A crime against the Humanities!" "An assault on the very Idea of a University." "A plot to STEM our CASSH-flow." "A cunning plan to muzzle critical thinking." "An ode to serfdom." “Polymorphously perverse! But not in a good way." Fake quotes, all. Yet they convey the vibe of many early reactions to the Education Minister's…

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…