Imagining the (quality) university of the future

Morley, Louise (2010) Imagining the (quality) university of the future. In: Conference on Change in Higher Education: Tensions and Possibilities, February, 2010, University of Minho, Portugal.

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Quality assurance is a hegemonic discourse, yet it is applied partially and selectively to certain aspects of higher education. Higher education today is characterised by a mixture of hyper-modernisation via the development of global, entrepreneurial, corporate, commercialised universities and speeded up public intellectuals on the move. This is often underpinned by the archaism of poor quality employment and learning environments, globalised gender inequalities and elitist patterns of participation. Change has been rapid and extreme. Counter hegemonic advocates did not necessarily predict the scale of neo-liberal and austerity driven change in higher education. Traditionalists did not foresee the industrialisation, massification and introduction of a mixed economy in higher education. The academic imaginary has tended to be harnessed to critique, rather than to engage in futurology. Desire, as well as loss, needs to be considered. Questions about the desired morphology of the (quality) university of the future seem to be eclipsed by pressing concerns in the present.
What should the quality university of the future look like?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Louise Morley
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:51
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 10:52
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