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Building Capacity for Planning and Institutional Research – A View from Down Under

  • Angel J. CalderonEmail author
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Part of the Knowledge Studies in Higher Education book series (KSHE, volume 4)

Abstract

Australia’s higher education (HE) system has undergone profound transformation over the past three decades, following successive government reforms combined with the major forces of change. This chapter examines the role that planning and institutional research (IR) has played in these reforms and how planning functions continue to evolve in what appears to be an ongoing cycle of transformation. In Australia, planning is what is broadly interpreted as IR in the United States. The chapter begins with a description of the major funding HE reforms, and proceeds to detail how the functions and roles of planning and IR have evolved since the late 1980s. In doing so, this chapter also outlines Australia’s comprehensive HE data collections and the web of strategic actors who contribute to the statistical data collections and how these shape decision-making at university. Against this background, the chapter considers the challenges that lie ahead for the practice of planning and IR in Australia, and elsewhere. It concludes with suggested strategies for building capacity on a sustainable but long lasting basis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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