July 22, 2021

About the REEF methodology

We have developed a powerful productivity measure called the Research and Education Efficiency Frontier (REEF) Index.  The methodology behind REEF has its origins in data envelopment analysis (DEA) and is easily represented graphically using a frontier technique.  It is uniquely suited to universities.  We explain why and how below. The REEF methodology and universities All…

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July 6, 2021

University Productivity-UNSW vs UTS

July 6, 2021 THE AUSTRALIAN University Productivity-UNSW vs UTS A Tale of One City (and Two Universities) The appointment of Professor Attila Brungs as vice-chancellor of the University of New South Wales is a strong one, and no doubt will be welcomed by the UNSW community.  Any move brings the new incumbent challenges, but our…

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June 8, 2021

Why Alan Tudge is right to talk about specialisation in universities

June 8, 2021 THE AUSTRALIAN Why Alan Tudge is right to talk about specialisation in universities By STEPHEN PARKER, KEITH HOUGHTON and MARK CLISBY Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge told universities last week he wanted to start a conversation about greater differentiation and specialisation in the sector. Thirty-nine comprehensive universities may not be the optimal model for quality teaching…

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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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