POLICY & PRACTICE
The way HEQCO chose to communicate the results of its recent Skills Assessment Pilot Studies is a perfect example of cargo cult policy research.
With a federal election looming later this year, here are a few suggestions to bolster science, skills and innovation.
They might have been able to better back their initial position by problem solving with the budding francophone university in face of budget constraints.
The different interests and needs of each jurisdiction mean there is a range of funding schemes with disparate aims, formats and objectives.
There are fundamental questions that we should be considering about the role and format of science advice in this country.
Most with a working knowledge of higher education would agree we are nowhere near a free speech crisis in colleges and universities, let alone one justifying government intervention.
We need to move away from facile handwaving and towards a culture of evidence-based argumentation.
With a controversial pick leading the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, don’t hold your breath on big ideas or transformative change for the sector.
While couched in rhetoric of anticipating economic needs and helping individuals succeed in the labour market, the gospel surrounding “skills” is fundamentally mired in a very short-term perspective.
After five decades of telling ourselves the same story, can we start asking different questions about innovation?
The nature of universities as organizations helps explain why so much symbolic management takes place when they are faced with thorny subjects.
Creso Sá looks at what the recent superclusters announcement really means for universities and academic research.