August 21, 2020

Research productivity is growing; Teaching productivity is not

August 21, 2020 THE AUSTRALIAN Research productivity is growing; Teaching productivity is not Three weeks ago in this publication, Stephen Parker described the challenges facing professions and occupations that suffer from what is sometimes referred to as Baumol cost disease. This is the idea that some kinds of personal services find it difficult to generate…

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August 12, 2020

Covid has pushed universities into an era of transformative change

August 12, 2020 THE AUSTRALIAN Covid has pushed universities into an era of transformative change KEITH HOUGHTON AND GEORGE AVELING With an ever-evolving pandemic, what are the prospects of a second or subsequent wave, here or abroad? There is a real possibility that higher education will continue to be delivered online next year and perhaps…

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June 10, 2020

Public universities are stressed, but there’s no sign they will fail

June 10, 2020 THE AUSTRALIAN Public universities are stressed, but there’s no sign they will fail Keith Houghton and Mark Clisby Recent statements in the media on the “financial risk” of universities given the current disruption created as a consequence of COVID-19 have received attention in a number of quarters. There is little doubt that…

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May 27, 2020

Technology will change the competitive landscape for universities

May 27, 2020 THE AUSTRALIAN Technology will change the competitive landscape for universities Keith Houghton and George Aveling  Technology has been a great enabler and huge disrupter. Uber turned the taxi industry upside down worldwide. AirBnb has disrupted the accommodation industry. Online travel booking options have disrupted the livelihoods of travel agents.  The pathway to…

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April 21, 2020

Digital delivery is inevitable; the virus simply speeds up the process

April 21, 2020 THE AUSTRALIAN Digital delivery is inevitable; the virus simply speeds up the process Keith Houghton Even with the recent federal government package, the current disruption in higher education seems overwhelming. The impacts are immediate and real. For many, the future opportunities for universities seem to be well hidden behind a mountain of immediate…

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March 16, 2020

Coronavirus: Door opens for digital delivery of learning

March 16, 2020 THE AUSTRALIAN Coronavirus: Door opens for digital delivery of learning Keith Houghton The coronavirus is causing significant disruption. The question to be asked is: will this crisis be the catalyst for major positive change? At face value, a major casualty is the Australian university sector. Students, staff, university executives and others are…

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June 21, 2019

Big-name business schools ‘give students less teaching time’

June 21, 2019 THE TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION Big-name business schools ‘give students less teaching time’ John Ross Students at research-intensive business schools receive about 75 per cent of the academic attention enjoyed by their peers at teaching-focused colleges, a new study suggests. The research, thought to be the first of its type, analysed how much…

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May 27, 2019

Some Unis are Lifting Teaching Productivity

May 27, 2019 AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW Some Unis are Lifting Teaching Productivity Robert Bolton – Education Editor “Victoria University has sharply lifted the productivity of its academic staff, which was one of the factors leading it to report a surplus this year after four years of deficits. The university has created teaching-only roles, shifted to a block…

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May 22, 2019

Third-party players vital to sector’s success

May 22, 2019 THE AUSTRALIAN Third-party players vital to sector’s success Keith Houghton and Matt Brett Readers of The Australian’s higher education pages last week (May 15) would have seen two articles, “Surge in third parties is like the ‘wild west’ ” and “Digital delivery redefines the efficiency frontier”. Readers might falsely conflate the articles to…

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May 15, 2019

On the efficiency frontier

May 15, 2019 THE AUSTRALIAN On the efficiency frontier Two weeks ago, The Australian’s higher education editor Tim Dodd commented on the “level of efficiency and effectiveness that online courses promised to deliver”. The comment came after entrepreneurial Australian online job placement firm Seek announced further strategic investments in online education.  Seek, a proponent of…

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