Australia degree standards ‘must be ranked’

The Australian reported a proposal by by the Australian National University Vice-Chancellor (Prof. Ian Chubb) for minimum degree standards. His proposal would allow employers to distinguish between university degrees from high- and low-quality institutions.

Australia is falling behind the world’s top universities and urgently needed to “catch up” to stop further decline. “We persist with the notion of a parity of esteem of degrees even though we know there are sizeable differences in the entry scores of students, the capabilities of academic staff.

“There are differences, real differences, within the sector and those differences lead to consequences.”

– Professor Ian Chubb (19 Feb 2008, Australian and New Zealand School of Government ANZSOG Lecture Series)

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