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…

Introduction

I started writing Big Little Thought Crimes here in Melbourne in early 2020. These are personal views on public policy in higher education, and universities as institutions of higher learning. In Australia as elsewhere, universities have seen big shifts over the last 2-3 decades. Looking ahead, even bigger changes seem likely by 2030. I hope…