Erica Wilson and Thomas Roche provide a rich description of changes in teaching and learning at Southern Cross University involving the newly introduced “Block” mode teaching model (CMM November 25).
The University of Melbourne is facing a massive budget deterioration of nearly $600m this year, driven by a collapse in investment income and the growing cost of post-pandemic recovery.
One can be forgiven for thinking that the pandemic has resulted in universities being thrown into a quagmire of seemingly unfathomable challenges.
Australia has 37 public universities; Victoria has eight of these. A range of insights about our universities come from recently released statistics.
Shortly after the pandemic’s onset, there was a view that Australia’s universities were facing a ‘perfect storm’ of negative events. With more limited international student tuition income and no access to JobKeeper funding offered to others, the public universities faced the daunting task of navigating through seemingly inevitable financial challenges.
South Australia’s new Premier, Peter Malinauskas, has proposed creating a commission to investigate merging the state’s public universities.
Last month, university data for 2020 was released by Acting Education Minister Stuart Robert. This first official data reveals the effects of the pandemic on Australia’s universities.
HERG’s central methodology for measuring university productivity is the Research and Education Frontier (REEF) Index, which is described more fully in another Explainer. The REEF method can use different inputs, but commonly we use the number of students educated and the number of research publications per million dollars of expenditure.