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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March 20, 2019

Uncapping university efficiency

March 20, 2019 THE AUSTRALIAN Uncapping university efficiency Keith Houghton and Mark Clisby A key policy difference between the federal government and the opposition relates to the capping of federal funding for university places. There are multiple effects of this policy including those relating to society, economic opportunity and equity as well as government cashflow…

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March 20, 2019

Labor funding policy brought efficiency hike

March 20, 2019 THE AUSTRALIAN Labor funding policy brought efficiency hike Tim Dodd “The findings, revealed in The Australian today, show there was a marked improvement in the productivity between 2011 and 2013, coinciding with the phasing in of the demand-driven system, which removed limits on numbers of university places and drove a significant expansion…

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October 3, 2018

UNE’s online reach makes it an inviting target for a merger

October 3, 2018 THE AUSTRALIAN UNE’s online reach makes it an inviting target for a merger Keith Houghton This year Purdue University in the US created Purdue University Global. It came into existence from its acquisition in April last year of the Kaplan University operation, which had ceased operations after a period of mixed fortunes.  Through…

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August 27, 2018

Universities make dramatic gains in efficiency led by the big research programs

August 27, 2018 AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW Universities make dramatic gains in efficiency led by the big research programs Robert Bolton – Education editor Australian universities have dramatically improved their efficiency with big increases in the volume of research published as well as some increase in the number of students taught for every $1 million spent. The data…

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July 25, 2018

How to optimise economies of scale in universities

July 25, 2018 THE AUSTRALIAN How to optimise economies of scale in universities Keith Houghton In 2008, distinguished economist Paul Krugman was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences — commonly known as the Nobel prize in economics — for his work on international trade.  Krugman developed an innovative approach that argued that goods…

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June 27, 2018

Adelaide and South Australia unis aren’t broke, so why fix them?

June 27, 2018 THE AUSTRALIA Adelaide and South Australia unis aren’t broke, so why fix them? Tim Dodd  Australia has, by international standards, a lot of large universities. The biggest, Monash, tips the scales at 60,000 full-time equivalent students. In actual student numbers (including part-timers) the total is around 75,000. Why do our universities get…

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