Title

Higher Education Sector Institutional Diversity: An Australian Case Study

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Administration

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2022

Early Online Version

3-8-2022

Journal

Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management

Volume Number

44

Issue Number

4

Page Numbers

393-410

ISSN

1469-9508

ANZSRC / FoR Code

3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy

Reportable Items (HERDC/ERA)

C1

Peer Review

Before publication

Abstract

This paper revisits the issue of institutional diversity in Australian higher education, taking account of international trends and research on the subject. Drawing on empirical studies over the last three decades, I adopt a within-country case study approach to analysing institutional diversity in the Australian higher education policy context and consider post-COVID systemic implications. Catalysts for this analysis include revisions to the Australian provider category standards, government policy shifts influencing the undergraduate curriculum, and the systemic impact of a global pandemic. The paper concludes with three propositions, arguing that institutional diversity will be more important than ever to meet the diverse needs of students and the labour market; an ecosystemic approach to post-secondary education will be a key enabler of sector diversity; and a paradigm shift, enabled by such drivers as government policy and proactive institutional leadership, will be essential to achieve enhanced institutional diversity.

Link to publisher version (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/1360080X.2022.2051221

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