Research straitjacket ‘stifles’ diversity
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.