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Tertiary Education Policy in Australia Edited by Simon Marginson Written and published by the

Centre for the Study of Higher Education University of Melbourne July 2013

Dedicated to the memory of Professor Grant Harman, Australia’s greatest scholar of higher education and the long-standing editor of the world journal Higher Education. In his many contributions to the higher education sector, Grant lifted our understanding, and  improved the life opportunities of many people in Australia and the wider world. He is much missed.

© Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne, July 2013 ISBN: 978-0-9922974-0-4 This work is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for study or training purposes subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source and no commercial usage or sale. Reproduction for purposes other than those indicated above, requires the prior written permission from the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to The Director, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne VIC 3010.

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Contents

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Simon Marginson

Introduction

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Conor King and Richard James

Creating a demand-driven system

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Alexandra Radloff and Hamish Coates

Monitoring and improving student engagement

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Hamish Coates

Assessing higher education outcomes and performance

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Assessing academic standards in Australian higher education

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TEQSA and the holy grail of outcomes-based quality assessment

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Scott Thompson-Whiteside Vin Massaro

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Simon Marginson

Labor’s failure to ground public funding

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Geoff Sharrock

Degrees of debt: The Base Funding Review, Graduate Winners and undergraduate fees

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Nigel Palmer

Research training in Australia

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Emmaline Bexley

On the fragmentation and decline of academic work

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Leesa Wheelahan

Towards a model for professionalising VET teaching

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Dennis Murray

Internationalisation: Where to from here?

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Sophie Arkoudis

English language standards and claims of soft marking

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Chi Baik

Internationalising the student experience

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Simon Marginson

Australia and world university rankings

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References

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Contributors Sophie Arkoudis is Acting Director and Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. [email protected] Dr Chi Baik is Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. [email protected] Emmaline Bexley is Lecturer in Higher Education at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. [email protected] Hamish Coates is the Founding Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research, and a Program Director at the LH Martin Institute. [email protected] Richard James is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Student Engagement) and a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. He is a former Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education and a member of the inaugural Higher Education Standards Panel. [email protected]