australian higher education

Third-party players vital to sector’s success

Readers of The Australian’s higher education pages last week (May 15) would have seen two articles, “Surge in third parties is like the ‘wild west’ ” and “Digital delivery redefines the efficiency frontier”.

Readers might falsely conflate the articles to conclude that improved efficiency can be achieved through third-party arrangements and lower quality outcomes.

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On the efficiency frontier

Two weeks ago, The Australian’s higher education editor Tim Dodd commented on the “level of efficiency and effectiveness that online courses promised to deliver”. The comment came after entrepreneurial Australian online job placement firm Seek announced further strategic investments in online education.

Seek, a proponent of online education, joined with Swinburne University of Technology to create Swinburne Online in 2011.

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