Australian higher education reforms – unification or diversification?

Coombe, Leanne (2015) Australian higher education reforms – unification or diversification?. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 37 2: 125-143. doi:10.1080/1360080X.2015.1019116


Author Coombe, Leanne
Title Australian higher education reforms – unification or diversification?
Journal name Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-080X
1469-9508
Publication date 2015-03-26
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1360080X.2015.1019116
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 37
Issue 2
Start page 125
End page 143
Total pages 19
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Formatted abstract
The higher education policy of the previous Australian government aimed to achieve an internationally competitive higher education sector while expanding access opportunities to all Australians. This policy agenda closely reflects global trends that focus on achieving both quality and equity objectives. In this paper, the formulation and implementation of the policy are examined according to the policy cycle approach, drawing on additional theories and analytic frameworks as applicable. The analysis explores why such an ambitious policy approach was taken, how it was implemented and factors affecting its achievability. Indicators suggest the policy was not delivered successfully within the term of the Labor administration. It also highlights an ongoing policy trend to unify the higher education sector, despite evident divisions within the sector and between levels of government administration. The paper concludes with recommendations to diversify the system so that the equity and quality policy agendas can be implemented concurrently.
Keyword Diversification
Equity
Higher education
Policy analysis
Quality
Unification
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Publications
 
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