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Bullshit: an Australian perspective, or, what can an organisational change impact statement tell us about higher education in Australia?

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Abstract


  • In the last few years, a scholarly critique of current forms and directions of higher education has become increasingly

    prominent. This work, often but not exclusively focussed on the American and British systems, and on humanities disciplines,

    laments the transformation of the university into ‘a fast-food outlet that sells only those ideas that its managers believe will

    sell [and] treats its employees as if they were too devious or stupid to be trusted’ (Parker and Jary 335). Topics include the

    proliferation of courses and subject areas seen as profitable, particularly for overseas students;1 the commensurate

    diminution or dissolution of ‘unprofitable’ areas; the de-professionalisation of academic staff and limitation of their powers in

    decision-making; the dismantling of academic disciplines and department-based academic units; the growing size and

    authority of management in determining priorities in research (see Laudel) and teaching; quantification and evaluation of

    academic work; and increasing dependence on these quantitative measures to define and assess academic productivity and

    efficiency, as well as the reputation of individuals, disciplines (Young et al.), and institutions (Levin; Jarwal et al.).2 There

    are also, of course, advocates for these changes: promoters of ‘excellence’ in teaching (Lovegrove and Clarke; Walshe);

    ‘quality assurance’ (see essays with Shah as lead author; Sharrock); and the inclusion of humanities in the list of disciplines

    that can become entrepreneurial (Cunningham).

Authors


  •   Bode, Katherine (external author)
  •   Dale, Leigh (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Bode, K. & Dale, L. (2012). Bullshit: an Australian perspective, or, what can an organisational change impact statement tell us about higher education in Australia?. Australian Humanities Review, 53 (November), 1-15.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1334&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/329

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 15

Volume


  • 53

Issue


  • November

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.australianhumanitiesreview.org/archive/Issue-November-2012/bode&dale.html

Abstract


  • In the last few years, a scholarly critique of current forms and directions of higher education has become increasingly

    prominent. This work, often but not exclusively focussed on the American and British systems, and on humanities disciplines,

    laments the transformation of the university into ‘a fast-food outlet that sells only those ideas that its managers believe will

    sell [and] treats its employees as if they were too devious or stupid to be trusted’ (Parker and Jary 335). Topics include the

    proliferation of courses and subject areas seen as profitable, particularly for overseas students;1 the commensurate

    diminution or dissolution of ‘unprofitable’ areas; the de-professionalisation of academic staff and limitation of their powers in

    decision-making; the dismantling of academic disciplines and department-based academic units; the growing size and

    authority of management in determining priorities in research (see Laudel) and teaching; quantification and evaluation of

    academic work; and increasing dependence on these quantitative measures to define and assess academic productivity and

    efficiency, as well as the reputation of individuals, disciplines (Young et al.), and institutions (Levin; Jarwal et al.).2 There

    are also, of course, advocates for these changes: promoters of ‘excellence’ in teaching (Lovegrove and Clarke; Walshe);

    ‘quality assurance’ (see essays with Shah as lead author; Sharrock); and the inclusion of humanities in the list of disciplines

    that can become entrepreneurial (Cunningham).

Authors


  •   Bode, Katherine (external author)
  •   Dale, Leigh (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Bode, K. & Dale, L. (2012). Bullshit: an Australian perspective, or, what can an organisational change impact statement tell us about higher education in Australia?. Australian Humanities Review, 53 (November), 1-15.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1334&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/329

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 15

Volume


  • 53

Issue


  • November

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.australianhumanitiesreview.org/archive/Issue-November-2012/bode&dale.html