Profiling diversity of Australian universitites

Hamish Coates, Daniel Edwards, Leo Goedegebuure, Marian Thakur, Eva van der Brugge, Frans van Vught

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There is a good deal of consensus that institutional diversity in higher education is a good thing. Simply put, systems with more diverse institutions perform better than systems with less diverse institutions. Yet the overall diversity of Australia’s higher education system remains unclear. Significant questions and opportunities remain unresolved. How diverse are Australia’s institutions today? How can stakeholders— particularly institutions and policymakers—understand and manage this diversity? In this project the LH Martin Institute and Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) seek to shift discussion of diversity to a more considered level. We don’t promise neat solutions, but our analysis moves beyond extant sectoral partitionings and contingent policy interventions to expose emerging dynamics and prospects for institutions, and hence for the system as a whole. We have produced evidence-based profiles for Australian universities below that mirror those being rolled out globally—namely U-Map and U-Multirank. Each institution profiles contains five dimensions: Teaching and Learning, Student Profile, Research Involvement, Knowledge Exchange, and International Orientation. Each dimension contains a suite of data-driven indicators. The research briefing below further contextualises the profiles by considering extensions to the indicator mix, to the population of institutions and level of analysis, and next steps that can be taken to further the transparency of the Australian university and, ultimately, tertiary education sector. Our ultimate aim is to seed a new formative and evidence-based discussion that will enhance national policy and each institution’s strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherLH Martin Institute, ACER
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)978-1-74286-223-1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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NameACER Research Briefing
PublisherLH Martin Institute, ACER


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