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Australian Institution Profiles

Project status: Completed

About the project

There is a good deal of consensus that institutional diversity in higher education is a good thing. Simply put, systems with more diverse institutions perform better than systems with less diverse institutions. Yet the overall diversity of Australia’s higher education system remains unclear. Significant questions and opportunities remain unresolved. How diverse are Australia’s institutions today? How can stakeholders— particularly institutions and policymakers—understand and manage this diversity?

In this project the LH Martin Institute and Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) seek to shift discussion of diversity to a more considered level. We don’t promise neat solutions, but our analysis moves beyond extant sectoral partitionings and contingent policy interventions to expose emerging dynamics and prospects for institutions, and hence for the system as a whole.

We have produced evidence-based profiles for Australian universities below that mirror those being rolled out globally—namely U-Map and U-Multirank. Each institution profiles contains five dimensions: Teaching and Learning, Student Profile, Research Involvement, Knowledge Exchange, and International Orientation. Each dimension contains a suite of data-driven indicators. The research briefing below further contextualises the profiles by considering extensions to the indicator mix, to the population of institutions and level of analysis, and next steps that can be taken to further the transparency of the Australian university and, ultimately, tertiary education sector.

Our ultimate aim is to seed a new formative and evidence-based discussion that will enhance national policy and each institution’s strategy.

Research briefing

Download 'Profiling diversity of Australian universities' (PDF).

Institution profiles

How to read:
1. Download this data explanation and descriptives document (PDF) as a guide.
2. Click on the relevant profile(s) below.

Australian Catholic University The Australian National University
  The University of Adelaide
Central Queensland University The University of Melbourne
Charles Darwin University The University of New England
Charles Sturt University The University of Newcastle
Curtin University of Technology The University of Notre Dame Australia
Deakin university The University of Queensland
Edith Cowan University The University of Sydney
Flinders University The University of Western Australia
Griffith University University of Ballarat
James Cook University University of Canberra
La Trobe University University of New South Wales
Macquarie University University of South Australia
MCD University of Divinity University of Southern Queensland
Monash University University of Tasmania
Murdoch University University of Technology Sydney
Queensland University of Technology University of the Sunshine Coast
RMIT University University of Western Sydney
Southern Cross University University of Wollongong
Swinburne University of Technology Victoria University

More information

To enquire further about this project or the above profiles, please contact Dan Edwards (ACER) or Marian Thakur (LH Martin Institute).

About the Australian Council for Educational Research

ACER’s mission is to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning across the life span.

A major aspect of ACER’s work is to assist educational decision makers at all levels in their collection, analysis, interpretation and use of reliable data. Our purpose is to assist in the development of clearer pictures and understandings of educational challenges, opportunities and progress over time.

A second major aspect of ACER’s work is to assist educational decision makers at all levels in their identification and implementation of evidence-based policies and practices. Our purpose is to promote better outcomes for all learners through the use of approaches that have been demonstrated to be effective in practice.

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