Universities and colleges study and teaching
Australia’s China knowledge capability: university teaching, research, and future needs
This report was developed as a resource for those with a stake in the China relationship across the university, government, corporate and community sectors – to consider how Australia can best develop a long-term capability which adapts and adjusts with the changes in both Australia...
The role of universities in driving overseas investment into UK research and development
While universities already play an important role in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the UK, there is a clear opportunity for this role to be expanded and enhanced through better collaboration between universities, local partners and government. The purpose of this report is to...
ATAR’s rising relevance: admission standards and completion rates
This paper looks at past research and recent data on ATAR with respect to university admissions, completions and attrition, with a particular focus on the growing category of students admitted on a non-ATAR basis.
Australian Universities Accord: discussion paper
The Australian government is working to establish an Australian Universities Accord to drive lasting alignment between Australia’s high quality higher education system and national needs. This discussion paper invites input on the kind of higher education system Australia needs in two and three decades’ time...
NTEU wage theft report
Wage theft has shamefully become an endemic part of universities’ business models. This report uncovers the staggering value of wages stolen in the university sector.
Supporting world-class research translation in Australia
This report provides a clear set of principles, that can be applied across all Australian research institutions, to meet the evolving and long-term needs of society and the economy. It includes a spotlight on the key issues for research organisations, with practical actions to move...
The skills crisis, university culpability and the overseas student industry
The story of how Australia’s universities became so dependent on overseas students is no secret. This dependence reflects decisions by successive Coalition and Labor governments to cut back on university funding over the past two decades. This report shows that the share of the universities’...
A student-centred approach: understanding higher education pathways through co-design
This report illustrates how both participant-generated ideas can help reform policy and practice, and how the use of participatory design may facilitate improvement in engagement and communication between government, higher education institutions, industry, schools and communities.
Forgetting the past: how post-modernist theory has replaced history in Australian universities in 2022
This report contains the systematic review of 791 history subjects offered across 35 Australian universities in 2022. It is an update of the IPA’s 2017 report - 'The rise of identity politics: an audit of history teaching at Australian universities in 2017.'
Digital higher education: emerging quality standards, practices and supports
Public authorities across the OECD have started to reflect on how to embed the quality assurance (QA) of digital education into their existing QA frameworks for higher education. This working paper aims to assist policy-makers as they seek to adapt their higher education QA systems...
Australia’s Asia education imperative: trends in the study of Asia and pathways for the future
This report focuses on trends in the promotion of Asia literacy in Australian universities from 2000 to 2022 - outlining both achievements and challenges.
Discovery of published information by early-career science faculty
This report is part of collaborative work done by the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Washington to understand the role of libraries in supporting research productivity in their institutions.
Fostering creativity and critical thinking in university teaching and learning: considerations for academics and their professional learning
Developed as one of the resources within the context of an OECD/Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) ERI project, this paper focuses on ways in which students’ creativity and critical thinking can be fostered in higher education by contextualising such efforts within the broader...
The Project Information Literacy retrospective
The findings in this publication detail the challenges that students experience when interacting with information for college courses, in everyday life, and the workplace. The recommendations put empirical research into the hands of frontline educators, who may use them to inform everyday practice in teaching...
5-year Productivity Inquiry: from learning to growth - interim report
As part of its 5-year Productivity Inquiry, the Productivity Commission has released this interim report outlining potential opportunities to improve Australia’s school and tertiary education systems.
The state of free speech in UK universities: what students and the public think
This research, by the Policy Institute at King’s College London, is based on two new representative surveys of UK university students. The study reveals two main patterns – firstly, that the large majority of university students in the UK think their universities are protecting their...
Achieving financial sustainability in times of uncertainty
The ability to plan and execute revenue diversification effectively is a critical tool for Australian universities. This report map the drivers that create the requirement for a systematic approach to revenue diversification. These range from universities’ rising operational costs, the unlikelihood of increased government funding...
The viewpoint diversity crisis at Canadian universities: political homogeneity, self-censorship, and threats to academic freedom
The study, based on a survey of professors and members of the public, reveals that Canadian universities are political monoliths whose lack of viewpoint diversity contributes to serious problems on campus. Professors, especially the 9 percent of conservative professors whose views differ from the overwhelmingly...
VET and higher education pathways – do outcomes differ for the same occupation?
This report explores occupations that can be entered into via either a vocational education and training pathway or a higher education pathway. It examines whether these individuals do the same job tasks and roles, if there are differences in how well the qualifications prepare them...
Higher education research commercialisation intellectual property framework: practical guide
This guide is a resource for those undertaking transactions between universities and industry partners. The guide is based on Australian and international best practice, and draws upon guidance published by a wide range of trusted, publicly-available resources.
Ithaka S+R US faculty survey 2021
The Ithaka S+R 'US Faculty Survey 2021' has been designed to track critical trends in higher education over time, while also including new questions and thematic areas to address newly emerging trends in the field. This report outlines the survey findings.
Tertiary student finances under COVID-19
Tertiary education students have three main sources of financial support – their families, the labour market and government payments. This paper explores how COVID-19 affected these sources of student finance.
At the crossroads: what is the post-COVID future of Australia’s public universities?
This report analyses the current worrying state of Australia’s higher education sector based on current funding and policy trends, and provides an ambitious national vision for higher education that re-aligns the sector with its public service mission.
Does gratitude ensure workplace happiness among university teachers? Examining the role of social and psychological capital and spiritual climate
The study examines the necessity and sufficiency of gratitude for supporting workplace happiness among Indian university teachers. It also explores the mediating effect of psychological capital and social capital in the relationship between gratitude and workplace happiness. The moderating effect of spiritual climate is investigated...
Interrogating relationships between student support initiatives and Indigenous student progression
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students are enrolling in university degrees at historically high rates. However, the majority of these students are not completing their qualifications. This research investigates the enrolment-completion gap and questioned what supports are available to Indigenous undergraduate students, and how...