Higher Education Update – August 2013‏

Growing higher education

Welcome to the new-look Higher Education Update.

We hear that around the world public trust in institutions continues to decline. In response, higher education systems and institutions continue to make progress in navigating and demonstrating quality in an increasingly competitive landscape. Onsite or online, assessment of the quality of higher education in Australia and the world remains critical.

The articles featured below address this and other key issues for the sector. Following the launch of ACER’s free online-only news hub, Research Developments, articles about ACER’s work are now all housed under one roof. Click on any of the article summaries featured in Higher Education Update to read the full article on a phone, tablet and desktop friendly website. I trust that you will find this reading thought-provoking.

For more information on ACER’s higher education research please visitwww.acer.edu.au/highereducation. We welcome your feedback and ideas. Email us athighereducation@acer.edu.au

Hamish Coates
Research Director, Higher Education
Australian Council for Educational Research




Taking higher education assessment from the boutique to eBay

The move to massive open online courses reflects the shift of higher education to an eBay approach to curriculum and teaching, but assessment remains a boutique enterprise, as Hamish Coates explains.

Growing attainment in higher education

Australia has seen significant growth in university enrolments in recent years, with private providers contributing to national aims of increasing attainment, as Daniel Edwards explains.

Profiling the diversity of Australian universities

A comprehensive new collection of university profiles is making it possible to measure the diversity of Australia’s higher education system, as Hamish Coates explains.

In other news

Measuring the quality of medical training
ACER’s work with General Practice Education and Training Limited (GPET) is measuring the satisfaction of registrars with the quality of their general practice (GP) training and training providers, and with their career progression.

Leaving home to study
An ACER analysis of Census data shows Australian university students have become increasingly more likely to relocate for university during this century and are more mobile than the general population.

Australian students rate their university experience positively
Results from the largest survey of Australian university students ever conducted reveal that 80 per cent of students rate the quality of their educational experience as good or excellent.

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