Topic: International issues and education

Government funding in Australia will be tied to university performance from 2020: what does this mean, and what are the challenges?

“Buildings at University of Sydney – 9”by Ameel Khan is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0  Education minister Dan Tehan met with university […]

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Shifting priorities in the new university

By Thomas Klassen, York University

The image of universities composed of mostly full-time tenured professors is long out-of-date. Half of all undergraduate students in Canada, as in […]

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Casual academics aren’t going anywhere, so what can universities do to ensure learning isn’t affected?

By Dorothy Wardale, Curtin University; Julia Richardson, Curtin University, and Yuliani Suseno, Edith Cowan University

Casual academics provide flexibility for universities at a time when student numbers are uncertain. from shutterstock.com More Australian universities are relying on […]

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Universities: increasingly stressful environments taking psychological toll – here’s what needs to change

By Luca Morini, Coventry University

shutterstock Every year, millions of international students travel to different countries to study at university. This, together with a lack of public […]

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Subsidized privilege: The real scandal of American universities

By Neil McLaughlin, McMaster University

U.S. federal prosecutors have charged 50 people — 38 of them are parents — for allegedly being involved in fraud schemes to […]

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Four fundamental principles for upholding freedom of speech on campus

It goes without saying – or at least it ought to – that freedom of speech should be a core value of universities. As a scholar of freedom of speech and a university academic, it has been gratifying to see so many Vice Chancellors (and a former Chief Justice of the High Court) take it so seriously.

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We all put too much emphasis on test scores

We live in testing times. We also live in a time of globalization, immigration and the internationalization of schools and universities around the world. Our current obsession with school accountability and student learning outcomes has resulted in the increased use and abuse of test scores — in particular language test scores.

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Gender quotas and targets would speed up progress on gender equity in academia

Recently, the University of Adelaide used a special exemption under the Equal Opportunity Act to advertise eight academic positions in the faculty of engineering, computer and mathematical sciences for women only. This raises questions about why a university might take this approach. While Australia has had gender equality legislation for 30 years, there has been very slow progress towards addressing the gender equity issues plaguing the sector. To illustrate, women are still under-represented at senior levels. Only 27% of full professors (the main recruitment pool for top jobs) are women, and only 32% of Vice-Chancellors in public universities.

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For universities, making the case for diversity is part of making amends for racist past

The Trump administration recently announced plans to scrap Obama-era guidelines that encouraged universities to consider race as a factor to promote diversity on campus, claiming the guidelines “advocate policy preferences and positions beyond the requirements of the Constitution.” Some university leaders immediately went on the defense.

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South Africa’s new higher education disability policy is important, but flawed

South Africa finally has a disability policy that’s specific to the higher education sector. The new policy framework should be celebrated as an achievement. Its value is that, because it’s specific to the sector, it gives institutions (such as universities) a common vision. It also enables monitoring and evaluation of progress that is context specific.

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