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The economics of education: The pursuit of prestige and reputation to drive strategy and system performance

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014
LH Martin Institute, Level 1, 715 Swanston Street, Carlton, Melbourne

What will you experience?

Join Dr Goldman, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation and Professor of Economics, Pardee RAND Graduate School as he discusses the continued economic success story of higher education in America. Gain valuable insights into international university benchmarking systems, as Dr Goldman discusses his role with the Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities, and the practical application of his extensive experience and research across the Middle East and Asia in developing systems to optimise performance and prestige.

In particular, Dr Goldman will deliver a keynote presentation on the following themes:

  • The economics of education businesses
  • The pursuit of prestige and reputation as a driver of organisational strategy and system performance
  • Practical applications of targeted strategic planning
  • Translating measurement processes to optimise performance
  • International ranking systems for tertiary Institutions; and
  • Case studies of community colleges and universities collaboration on workforce needs.

He will also lead a practical, interactive workshop on the theme of applying system drivers within institutional frameworks.

In addition, the symposia will feature presentations and facilitated discussions by Professor Peter Noonan, Fellow, Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University and Senior Fellow, LH Martin Institute and Dr Geoff Sharrock, Program Director, LH Martin Institute on the theme of the economics of education in the Australian context.

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Who should attend?

This symposium would be of great interest and benefit to senior executives within tertiary education systems, professional associations and government agencies with responsibilities for:

  • Strategy and planning
  • Sector policy formulation
  • Marketing; and
  • Performance measurement

Who will be involved?

  • Dr. Charles A. Goldman – Senior Economist, RAND, and Professor of Economics, Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS)

Dr Goldman specializing in the economics of education, strategic planning for education systems, and organization and performance of schools, universities, and systems. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School where he teaches policy analysis of education. He is currently leading two projects that examine how community colleges and state universities can meet workforce needs across the spectrum of occupations in the state of Texas. One of his main research themes is measuring performance in higher education at the institution and system levels. Building on that work, he develops national and international university ranking and benchmarking systems and sits on the advisory board of the Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities.

  • Professor Leo Goedegebuure, Director, LH Martin Institute

Professor Leo Goedegebuure is active in the field of higher education policy research and management. Prior to his move to Australia in 2005 (University of New England, Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy), Leo was Executive Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), at the University of Twente, Netherlands, Europe’s largest research centre in this field.

Leo’s research interests are in the areas of governance and management, both at the systems and institutional level, system dynamics including large scale restructuring policies, university-industry relationships, and institutional mergers. Most of his work has a comparative focus, both within and outside of Europe, which has resulted in a strong international network. He is an auditor for the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Council and has been a member and rapporteur for the OECD tertiary education review of New Zealand. He has worked as an expert on governance and management in Central and Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation, Africa, South East Asia and South America on projects initiated by the European Commission, the World Bank and UNESCO.

  • Professor Peter Noonan, Fellow, Mitchell Institute for Health and Education, Victoria University

Professor Peter Noonan has played a major role in shaping policy in Australia’s tertiary education and training systems over the past two decades as a policy adviser, senior executive in and consultant to federal and state governments, universities, higher education providers, and TAFE institutes and in major reviews.
Peter is now Professor of Tertiary Education Policy in the Victoria Institute at Victoria University, a Fellow in the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy at Victoria University and an Honorary Senior Fellow at the LH Martin Institute.

  • Dr Ruth Schubert, Program Director (Vocational Education and Training), LH Martin Institute

Dr Ruth Schubert has worked in the Education Sector for over 30 years, with experience in private RTOS, the schooling sector, and universities, and most recently 15 years in Executive positions in TAFE Institutes in South Australia. Ruth has had several stints as A/Managing Director, TAFE SA Regional. Ruth was instrumental in the process for TAFE SA Regional winning the State and National 2011 Large Training Provider of the year. Ruth’s considerable expertise in the Vocational and Training Sector includes education and corporate roles with responsibility for Strategic and Business Planning, Relationship Management and Business Development, Cultural Change, VET Program Delivery, Quality, Regional and Community Engagement, Marketing, and Higher Education Partnerships.

Ruth was appointed by the Federal Minister for Regional Development to the role of Chair for the Limestone Coast RDA Board. Ruth has been a Director of the Stand like Stone Foundation since 2004, and is an inaugural member of the Governor's Leadership Foundation. Ruth’s research interests are in leadership, social capital, building successful communities, and the structure and positioning of the Vocational Education and Training sector.

  • Dr Geoff Sharrock, Program Director, LH Martin Institute

Dr Geoff Sharrock has wide experience in public administration and management consulting. In his early career Geoff worked for 10 years with the Victorian Government, in the Public Service Board, the Department of Treasury and Finance, and other agencies.

Geoff became interested in university management while working at RMIT University in its Human Resource Development group. He completed his PhD in 2005 on the topic of leading change in universities.

Geoff's current research interests focus on university strategy, workplace culture, change leadership and management practices, and ideas and images of the university as a social institution. He enjoys teaching management theory and consulting with practitioner groups on the practical applications of different theories of organisation and management.

Program fee

$800 (including GST)


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