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ERIC Number: EJ1021541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
Does Size Matter? The Impact of Student-Staff Ratios
McDonald, Gael
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v35 n6 p652-667 2013
Student-staff ratios (SSRs) in higher education have a significant impact on teaching and learning and critical financial implications for organisations. While SSRs are often used as a currency for quality both externally for political reasons and internally within universities for resource allocations, there is a considerable amount of ambiguity over the actual impact of SSRs and whether a low SSR is reflective of better education outcomes. To provide insight into the importance of SSRs, this article reviews the existing literature looking at both an Australian and international context. It explores the impact of SSRs from three perspectives: (1) learning outcomes; (2) staff workloads and wellbeing; and (3) organisation reputation and funding. This article concludes by proposing a range of recommendations to improve SSRs in the tertiary education sector.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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