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Challenging Australian higher education : three places to begin

Gale, Trevor 2009, Challenging Australian higher education : three places to begin, in Vice-Chancellor's Colloquia Series, La Trobe University (Bundoora), [La Trobe University], [Bundoora, Vic.], pp. 1-13.

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Title Challenging Australian higher education : three places to begin
Author(s) Gale, Trevor
Conference name Vice-Chancellor's Colloquia Series (2009 : Bundoora, Vic.)
Conference location Bundoora, Vic.
Conference dates 30 Oct. 2009
Title of proceedings Vice-Chancellor's Colloquia Series, La Trobe University (Bundoora)
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series Vice-Chancellor's Colloquia Series
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher [La Trobe University]
Place of publication [Bundoora, Vic.]
Keyword(s) higher education
student equity issues
20/40 targets
socioeconomic status
Summary I want to begin by thanking Professor Johnson for this opportunity to rehearse and indeed expand on the comments I made earlier this year at the Universities Australia meeting of Vice‐Chancellors in Brisbane. My comments then and now are in part speculative, given that they comment on what might be, although they are also cognizant of what we already know about student equity issues in Australian higher education and of the research data currently available, including research undertaken by the National Centre but also research available more widely, nationally and internationally. Informed by this work, the central thesis that I want to put to you today and to open up to discussion is that if the Australian higher education sector is to take seriously the federal government’s 20/40 targets, then there are three main challenges that need to be confronted.

First, that expansion of higher education provision and of a particular mix, will need to be done in the context of limited excess student demand, certainly compared with previous periods of expansion by the sector. Second, that the 20/40 targets have brought into sharp relief the problems with our current set of definitions and measurements of students: of equity groups (including socioeconomic status) but also student achievement and aspiration. And third, that universities will need to confront the teaching and learning that is higher education. This is the very thing – or at least one of them – for which we would hope school students would aspire.
Notes Keynote speech

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Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category L2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed (minor conferences)
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