Professionalism lacking in university teaching – Grattan Institute

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

Academics have long resisted being managed. The University of Melbourne existed for 80 years before its first paid vice-chancellor was appointed, after decades of resistance from the professors. Attempts to measure, monitor or assess academic performance are criticised as ‘’managerialism’‘. In universities the practice of management is converted into an ideology that must be resisted.