25 May 2018

Scrapping selective admissions would only postpone the inevitable

For all the criticism it gets, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank remains a cheap and efficient selection system that plausibly links entry criteria to academic outcomes.

25 October 2017

Performance funding is not the way to improve university teaching

More than ever, universities have an incentive to respond to student interests, and the flexibility to do so. We should not distract them with policy changes that could easily make things worse.

28 May 2015

Keeping public priorities in public universities

Changes over the last 25 years have helped give students and applied research a higher priority than they would otherwise have received. Policy has helped keep the “public” in public university.

28 October 2014

Higher Education Research and Reform submission

Andrew Norton’s submission to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee into the Higher Education Research and Reform Bill 2014.

21 July 2013

Why we need better teachers in universities

Whether universities are strong in research or not seems to make little difference to the qualities of their teaching. It is time to find new approaches to improving the way tertiary students learn.

24 April 2012

Professionalism lacking in university teaching

University teaching never developed into a proper profession, making managerial intervention necessary argues Andrew Norton.