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Strengthening productivity and efficiency in Australian higher education

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There is growing anticipation that the federal government’s response to the Universities Accord review’s final report will come soon. Given this and the fact that the budget is less than a month away, it is timely to review one of the final report’s key insights.

OUR EXPERTISE

What’s your goal today?

Growth in research productivity

We can help you to identify the academic units and individuals where research strengthening is an opportunity.
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Strengthen quality in research and teaching

REEF can build tailored filters and weighted measures that will enable university leaders to make strategically important decisions about research and teaching quality matters.
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Strengthen teaching cost efficiency

REEF can provide evidence-based advice on supporting stronger and more cost-efficient education policies and practices.
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Build diversity and opportunity in education

REEF can build tailored measures to provide a needed evidence based on strengthening diversity and inclusion including for those with disadvantaged backgrounds.
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Support higher education policy development

If you are responsible for supporting policy development, making policy recommendations or advising about research and education policy matters, REEF can provide clarity of evidence to inform your policy work. This can be either or both sector wide and for peak bodies.
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Strengthen research cost efficiency

We can help you find optimal ways for continued cost-efficient growth research productivity.
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ABOUT REEF METHODOLOGY

Get to know our RESEARCH and EDUCATION EFFICIENCY FRONTIER (REEF) INDEX:

1.

What is REEF Methodology?

Research and Education Efficiency Frontier (REEF) is an unbiased and sector-specific measure of efficiency and productivity in higher education.

2.

Who could benefit from the REEF?

The analyses can benefit university management, those in governance roles, policy makers and others.

3.

What does REEF do?

It provides independent evidence-based analyses of efficiency and productivity in universities.

This includes costings and measurement of teaching and research outcomes.

4.

How does REEF work?

It uses an empirical econometric approach to produce productivity and cost analyses.

5.

What can REEF analyse?

The analyses can examine productivity outcomes at several levels:

  • Whole of sector
  • Individual institution
  • Academic unit
  • Others including at Field of Research
    and Field of Education
6.

What are the key elements of REEF?

The analyses measure:

  • Cost efficiency
  • Academic staff utilisation efficiency
  • Productivity changes over time

BENEFITS OF REEF

Benefits you gain as:

University Management

REEF provides support to strengthen research and teaching productivity and strengthen performance.

It generates evidence-based KPIs including workload models.

University Governance

REEF generates productivity, and cost & staff utilisation efficiency as key measures of
university success.

Public Policy Development

REEF provides an empirically based measure of teaching and
research costs.

Research Agencies & Regulators

REEF provides data for evaluating research success and measuring teaching outcomes.

Other Stakeholders

REEF provides criteria for establishing or continuing relationships within the higher education sector.

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