Re­search strait­jacket ‘sti­fles’ di­ver­sity

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Aus­tralian uni­ver­si­ties are “shack­led” into uni­for­mity by a Hum­bold­tian ideal of re­search-in­formed teach­ing, even though as­sess­ment ex­er­cises show that per­for­mance in the two spheres is largely un­con­nected, a study ar­gues. The pa­per, by con­sul­tants Nous Group, blames Aus­tralia’s provider stan­dards for the lack of sec­tor di­ver­sity. In re­serv­ing univer­sity ti­tle to in­sti­tu­tions that con­duct re­search in at least three dis­ci­plines, the rules leave providers too scared to try any­thing dif­fer­ent, the study says. “We shackle the best of ev­ery­thing by de­mand­ing the same from ev­ery­one,” adds the Nous pa­per.

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