The polytechnic with tickets on itself out at Bruce (no, not CIT!) is on notice. A new body modelled on ASIC is being formed – I think it’s to be TEQA or TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality something-or-other).
Basically, there is a lot of concern that Australia’s less-than-finest universities are concentrating on anything other than teaching standards, and they are dragging down the whole sector – and they will be required to lift their game or else.
With University of Canberra’s chancelry touting bizarre plans to capture students from the early primary school years by partnering and part-owning a school (just imagine for a moment the culture of a student body composed of UC ticky-tacky zombies), and partnering on odd marketing exercises like their “Public Service Cheesecake Charity Calendar” with a local commercial FM station, and purchasing Sieglinde Karl jewellery, er, “for the collection”, there’s no doubt the UC managers are distracted.
We should all wish the remaining talented (and oftentime bullied) UC staff all the best in their (albeit losing) battle for credibility and a focus on teaching.