Universities and colleges--Study and teaching

Research report

9 Dec 2017

Australia's universities are failing to protect free speech on campus. The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)'s Free Speech on Campus Audit 2017 is a systematic analysis of over 165 policies and actions at Australia's 42 universities. The Audit rates each university's support for free...


29 Nov 2017

The Project Team involved in preparing this sought to understand the great strengths of College life: the sense of community; the academic excellence that inspires students; the pastoral care; the extracurricular activities; the building of deep and lasting friendships; and the networking opportunities and...


20 Nov 2017

The HEPPP funded programs showcased in this publication illustrate the diversity of institutional responses to HEPPP as well as some clear themes that have been consistent over time. They are a celebration of what has been achieved and a reminder of what remains to...


30 Oct 2017

This report provides an overview of the key issues, identifies the principal challenges and highlights the major policy responses in view of the findings and recommendations from recent research reports funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE). It also...


17 Oct 2017

The main findings of this audit reveals that history has shifted away from the study of significant historical events and periods to a view of the past seen through the narrow lens of class, gender and race.

This research demonstrates what we have long...

Audio program

16 Oct 2017

The Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, has issued a blunt warning to Chinese University students affiliated with the Communist Party, urging them to respect freedom of speech in Australia.

The federal government has mounting anxieties about the way Beijing uses student groups to monitor young...

Discussion paper

10 Oct 2017

As part of the higher education reforms announced in the 2017-18 Budget, the Australian Government will extend the demand driven funding system to approved higher education sub bachelor (diploma, advanced diploma, and associate degree) courses at Table A universities from 1 January 2018.



4 Oct 2017

TEQSA’s Good Practice Note: Addressing contract cheating to safeguard academic integrity is the first in a new series of materials to support and promote quality assurance approaches of providers.

The Good Practice Note provides specific advice in five critical areas including:

policies to...

Audio program

27 Sep 2017

An expert conducting a review of regional education for the federal government thinks Australia has become too obsessed with sending country students to university.

Flinders University Professor, John Halsey, says tertiary education should remain a viable pathway for country students, but argues regional Australia...

Working paper

26 Sep 2017

Despite the major increase in university student numbers in recent years there remains a strong negative socio-economic gradient in participation. The main reason for these differences has been shown to be educational factors, including prior attainment, family background and perceptions about costs and returns to...

Briefing paper

21 Sep 2017

Within the last year international students from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have become a focal point of the Australian media. News reports and commentary centre on a variety of grievances:

Academic freedom on Australian campuses is challenged by PRC international students who...

Audio interview

21 Sep 2017

There are currently 170,000 mainland Chinese students attending Australian universities.

While that's a huge financial bonus for universities as they scramble for funding — the rising cohort from China also poses significant challenges — not just around language, but also around the content of...


20 Sep 2017

The huge growth in Muslims countering violent extremism (CVE) can sometimes come at the expense of other issues which our community tell us are more important. Our community, especially young people, have told us that they are feeling very over-consulted and they don’t see any...


14 Sep 2017

With higher education in the spotlight and legislation now before the Parliament, the Whitlam Institute has released the latest paper in its Perspectives series. It offers a bold and personal account of how universities have ‘fallen from grace’ and a call to reclaim their higher...


4 Sep 2017

The Department of Education and Training commissioned PhillipsKPA to survey and characterise the extent and scope of professional course accreditation practices in Australian higher education. Professional accreditation was defined as either legal or professional association requirements for the accreditation of courses in higher education...

Audio interview

29 Aug 2017

New Zealand's Labour Party has unveiled its biggest promise, free university courses. It's something we haven't seen in Australia since the 1980s,

PM host, Matt Wordsworth, speaks to one of Australia's leading education experts, Andrew Norton from the Grattan Institute, to ask why.

Journal article

23 Aug 2017

This article presents a case study in establishing an information literacy instruction and assessment program for first-year university students at the University of Colorado. Rather than presenting assessment data, we document the process in which our department engaged with the student learning assessment cycle, with...


3 Jul 2017

Entrepreneurship has long been a part of higher education curriculums, particularly within faculties of management and business. Just as research has become multidisciplinary and data intensive, so too has the competitive business environment. More recently, the focus has been on expanding entrepreneurship outside of the...

Journal article

22 Jun 2017

Two hundred and twenty-six qualitative interviews with students studying at Australia’s largest online tertiary education organisation, Open Universities Australia (OUA), found that failure to complete assessments due to unexpected and unavoidable employment commitments was the standout reason for dropping out of its open-access courses. The...


6 Jun 2017

This publication reports on a Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) study which analysed attrition data for 130 Australian higher education providers.

TEQSA’s study differs from previous research by focusing on institutional characteristics that may be linked to higher levels of attrition, rather...