ERIC Number: ED198784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Monash University and The Williams Committee Report.
Hore, Terry; West, Leo
Notes on Higher Education, n14 May 1979
Topics from the Williams Committee Report and implications for Monash University and Australian higher education are considered. After considering strengths and weaknesses of the report, attention is directed to the potential for growth in higher education, contracting and recurrent education, access/selection and attrition, efficiency and evaluation, research, teaching, and tenure and flexibility. The report suggests that the demand and economic factors in Australia will allow limited growth in universities between now and the year 2001, and that the political climate will allow it to occur. The notion of "portability" allows Monash University to accept students who have part qualifications from other institutions. The report recommends that a study be commissioned to investigate the reasons for the low graduation rates of part-time and external students. The Committee places considerable emphasis on the use of contracting resources across sectors to make better use of resources and to extend educational opportunities. For example, departments experiencing a decline or nongrowth in enrollments could provide advanced education courses on a contract basis. A checklist for assessing the effectiveness of universities, recommended by the Committee, is included. It is recommended that full-time attention to research by academic staff be made possible by appointing temporary staff to provide necessary teaching. Recommendations are also directed to improving the quality of teaching and to the need for flexibility with regard to teacher employment issues. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accountability, Admission Criteria, College Faculty, College Students, Contracts, Educational Demand, Educational Quality, Enrollment Projections, Enrollment Trends, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Reports, Research Opportunities, Student Attrition, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Employment, Teaching Skills, Tenure
Higher Education Advisory and Research Unit, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, 3168.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia; Monash University (Australia); Williams Committee Report (Australia)