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ERIC Number: EJ802271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0818-8068
Esteem-Powered Learning
Davis, Glyn
Australian Universities' Review, v49 n1-2 p18-20 Jul 2007
"The Dawkins era is over," Commonwealth Education Minister Julie Bishop told a Perth audience in late July 2007. This turning point in Australian higher education is not being driven by a decisive legislative change; the rapid abandonment of the old in favour of the new that everyone has seen before. It is as much the accidental result of policy as its intended outcome. The opening of the commercial international student market in the late 1980s created an opportunity to recruit full-fee students, and the abandonment of adequate grant indexation in the mid-1990s, which created a need to recruit full-fee students. It is these fees that now bring average revenue per student up to levels that make high-quality teaching financially feasible. While Australia has been very successful in the international student market, it now faces stiff competition from other nations. As such, it is imperative for institutions to think carefully about what they teach, how they teach it, where they teach it, which awards to confer and how much to charge. In this article, the author describes how the universities at Australia are standing up to face today's challenges. One such example is the University of Melbourne, which is the first to announce a major institutional reform that takes up some of the challenges in the current higher education environment. The Melbourne Model is part of a larger strategy called Growing Esteem. The author describes the mechanism of this strategy and the positive response of everyone to it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia