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The university experience means more than a piece of paper and a photo in a cap and gown. RMIT University

How do we value universities?

We value the boosted career and wealth outcomes for graduates and what that does for our economy, but university has more value than that.
Academics want to conduct blue sky research, but that’s not why people pay to go to university. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Keeping public priorities in public universities

Knowledge for the sake of knowledge is important, but universities, as public institutions, have a responsibility to fulfil their public role too.
Are the best parts of unis – students collaborating and sharing ideas – going to be lost in a mass university system? Kennedy Library/Flickr

The mass university is good for equity, but must it also be bad for learning?

When universities began expanding, they became more inclusive. While this is a good thing, scholars often look at their large class sizes and lament that half of the students won't set foot in the lecture theatres or libraries thanks to technology.
How do universities measure their success? How should they? Ben Beiske\Flickr

Universities should change the way they measure success

Currently universities have a vast array of measures they use to gauge how successful they are. Most of the measures have a lot to do with prestige and not much to do with the outcomes of their graduates or the quality of the education their students receive.
There are 100 females for every 80 males at university. Who else goes to uni? And how is it changing? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Who goes to university? The changing profile of our students

In 1970 there were 269 male university students per 100 female university students. However females overtook males in 1987 and now there are 80 males for every 100 females.

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