The Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH) disciplines account for 65% of all Australian higher education enrolments, and have major roles to play in driving innovation, fairness and excellence. DASSH’s response to this consultation paper is informed by our recognition that sustaining a high quality education in our disciplines is important for an economy in transition and for enabling our nation to successfully navigate an uncertain and exciting future. Graduate capabilities in arts, social sciences and humanities are among the hardest to automate and are critical to creative and complex problem solving – the twenty-first century skills that nations need for an inclusive and sustainable future. We are concerned that, to date, there has been little recognition in the national debate about innovation and universities’ engagement with end-users of the roles that the arts, social sciences and humanities can and should play.
Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities 2016