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Group of Eight Unis outperformed in productivity during the pandemic

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.

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University productivity – quality as well as quantity?

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.

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Rebuilding a Sustainable, Fair and Productive Tertiary Education System for Australia

The Covid-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to reflect deeply on what has gone before and how we should do things differently. In the article below, Stephen Parker presents his personal vision to rebuild Australia’s tertiary education system, improving its sustainability, fairness and productivity.

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Research productivity is growing; Teaching productivity is not

Three weeks ago in this publication, Stephen Parker described the challenges facing professions and occupations that suffer from what is sometimes referred to as Baumol cost disease. This is the idea that some kinds of personal services find it difficult to generate productivity improvements beyond a certain point but they must pay salaries that compete with other occupations that can.

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