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ERIC Number: ED514722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 38
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9218-0959-0
Mixed-Sector Tertiary Education: Implications for Self-Accrediting and Other Higher Education Institutions. Issues Paper
Moodie, Gavin
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
"Mixed-sector" institutions are relatively new in Australia, but numbers are likely to increase as the boundaries between vocational education and training (VET) and higher education become increasingly blurred. In 2009 the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) published research examining the nature of higher education offered by public VET providers ("Higher education in TAFE" by Leesa Wheelahan, Gavin Moodie, Stephen Billett and Ann Kelly). Gavin Moodie and his colleagues are continuing their research and this paper has been written with the intention of provoking discussion. It presents an initial account of mixed-sector tertiary education in Australia--separating institutions accrediting their own higher education programs, most of which are large public universities, from other tertiary education institutions, primarily smaller private providers. A range of issues about the emerging character of mixed-sector provision is flagged and will be considered as part of the research, including: (1) How relevant will the sector designations be if the distinctions relating to tertiary education continue to blur, and if Australian governments allocate public support for teaching by mechanisms that do not distinguish between types of institutions?; (2) To what degree is mixed-sector provision affected by the extent to which the smaller sector is integrated with an institution's organisational structure, the level of the organisation at which vocational and higher education are integrated and the level of autonomy granted to organisational units?; and (3) What are the implications of mixed-sector provision for the students, staff and institutional futures? (Contains 6 tables, 2 figures and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia