"Teaching and research are the two core functions of Australian universities.
But teaching has long been treated as the poor cousin of higher education. It
is generally considered low status, given little professional recognition, and
sometimes even seen as the domain of those academics who are not successful
Indeed, the Universities Accord terms of reference, released in November 2022,
didn’t explicitly include teaching as a priority theme for review. It was only
mentioned in passing in relation to access and affordability.
It was more prominently included in the accord discussion paper released in
February this year. This noted:
Strength in higher education teaching is a critical element in ensuring
strength in the sector as a whole.
While this ambition reaffirms the core role of teaching, this goal must now be
taken seriously. This needs to be through national and institutional
commitments to support quality teaching."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics