ERIC Number: ED368301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education and Employment. Centre for the Study of Higher Education Research Working Papers 93.11.
This paper examines the issue of the responsibility of higher education institutions (HEIs) for and response to rising unemployment rates and economic decline within Australian society. It presents an analysis of the salary and employment status of college graduates over time, revealing that types of graduates with initially high levels of unemployment do eventually get absorbed into the workforce. Additionally, the paper examines reports from various countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation Development on the relation of unemployment to graduates of the humanities and social sciences - the implication being that problems of employment were greatest for such graduates. Other topics discussed include: (1) changes in student distribution and enrollment in various fields of study and the responsibility of HEIs to respond to changes in educational demand; (2) the nature of technology and its relation to higher education and employment; (3) the issue of HEIs' ability to predict employers' demands for a great range of changing skills and to supply that demand with qualified graduates; and (4) HEIs' role in displacing labor through its research and development contributions to technological change. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Role, Course Selection (Students), Education Work Relationship, Educational Demand, Educational Economics, Employment Opportunities, Enrollment, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Industry, Job Skills, Labor Market, Relevance (Education), Technology, Trend Analysis, Unemployment
Department Secretary, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052 Australia ($5 Australian).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Melbourne Univ. (Australia). Centre for the Study of Higher Education.
Note: Paper first presented at the Centre for Study of Higher Education (Melbourne, Australia, August 25, 1993). For related documents, see HE 027 308-317.