What’s hot & what’s not in the strategic plans of Australia’s universities

Kinash, Shelley and Judd, Madelaine-Marie (2018) What’s hot & what’s not in the strategic plans of Australia’s universities. In: 41st Annual Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (HERDSA 2018): (Re)Valuing Higher Education , 2-5 July 2018, Adelaide, Australia.

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In recent years, the Australian Government has removed the national Office for Learning and Teaching and is steering budget cuts to universities, coupled with forecasted increases to student fees. In this context, universities are encouraged to identify and articulate distinctive identities and unique value propositions. This paper aligns with the Conference Theme of Governance and Policy. The key question addressed in this paper is – what are the common and unique learning and teaching goals and plans of Australia’s universities. The strategic plans, as the key governance documents, of 40 universities were thematically analysed according to the ten educational change trends identified by the 2017 Horizon Report: Higher Education Edition. This paper argues that most of the universities address the majority of the themes, with the most variation occurring in regard to whether or not universities are unbundling, micro-credentialing and applying artificial intelligence and other app-like interfaces. Furthermore, universities are differentiating themselves in regard to whether their strategic plans extend beyond aspirational propositions to specific strategies and key performance indicators addressing challenges, approaches, outcomes and impact. The key contribution of this paper to the literature is a Higher Education Governance Framework with definitions, examples directly from universities’ strategic plans and recommendations.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2018 Kinash & Judd. The authors assign to HERDSA and educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive license to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive license to HERDSA to publish this document in full on the World Wide Web (prime site and mirrors) and within the portable electronic format HERDSA 2018 conference proceedings. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 06:59
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 04:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: strategic planning; higher education; disruptive changes
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390403 Educational administration, management and leadership
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35510

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