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Presentation for Current/Future State of Higher Education: An Open Online Course, October, 2012

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  • Not my real name…
  • Massey over25 = 46%Auckland over 25 = 23%Otago over 25 = 19%
  • Indeed the current funding model for HE is working against traditional distance learners as this recent newspaper clipping illustrates. There are currently serious questions being asked about the value and return on investment of distance education.
  • • Access to the first year• Access to mid career professionals• Access to second chance learners• Access for cultural reasons
  • • Access to the first year• Access to mid career professionals• Access to second chance learners• Access for cultural reasons
  • • Access to the first year• Access to mid career professionals• Access to second chance learners• Access for cultural reasons
  • Annual Plan Goal 50% reduction

State of Higher Education in New Zealand State of Higher Education in New Zealand Presentation Transcript

  • The State of Higher Education in New Zealand Professor Mark Brown Director, National Centre for Teaching and Learning Director, Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance
  • About Mark… • Director, National Centre for Teaching and Learning • Director, Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance • Major leadership role in digitalisation at Massey University • On several executive committees (ACiLiTE, DEANZ, DEHub) • Convener of the 2012 ascilite conference in Wellington • Recipient of National Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching m.e.brown@massey.ac.nz • First New Zealand Apple Distinguished Educator Twitter @mbrownz
  • Economic return… http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10837419
  • Personal earning benefits… New Zealand
  • Personal earning benefits… New Zealand
  • Tertiary graduates are more likely to be in work than non-graduates… New Zealand
  • Societal return… But what are the wider social, culturaland economic benefits ofhighereducation to the nation?
  • A third of GPD growth is related to labour income growth at the tertiary level… New Zealand
  • Societal return on investment for men… New Zealand
  • Societal return on investment for women… New Zealand
  • Scott, 2010… http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/tertiary_education/78889
  • Education level positively associated with… • Higher income (strongly) and rates of employment (moderately) • Higher economic standard of living (moderately) • How healthy you think you are, and not being a smoker (both strongly) • Higher tolerance of immigrants, different values, ways of living, and ethnic diversity (moderately to strongly) • Volunteering (moderately) • Whether you voted (moderately for NZ-born only) • Whether you lived in a household that recycles (moderately) • Overall satisfaction with life (weakly to moderately)
  • In sum…“The evidence is overwhelming that higher educationimproves people‟s lives, makes our economy more efficient, andcontributes to a more equitable society. The existing gaps inparticipation and success are detrimental not only to individuallives, but also to society as a whole.
  • In sum…“The evidence is overwhelming that higher educationimproves people‟s lives, makes our economy more efficient, andcontributes to a more equitable society. The existing gaps inparticipation and success are detrimental not only to individuallives, but also to society as a whole.Different pathsare appropriate for different individuals, and ourchallenge is to make the most promising paths readily available tostudents from all backgrounds. We will all be better off if wecontinue to make progress in this direction” (Education Pays, 2010, p.9).
  • Under attack… But higher education in New Zealand is is seen by the Government as a cost to the taxpayer with a strong bias against part-time study and distance education due to a focus on retention and completion rates.
  • Just above the US…
  • Comparison of completion rates…
  • Performance league table for polytechnics…
  • 36% of Open Polytechnic students over 40
  • Performance league table for universities…
  • 46% of Massey students over 25
  • Strong focus in Government policy on under 25s
  • What older students have to say…
  • “Distance Education……it has made me the person I am today, a productive workingwoman in her late forties contributing to society. I was in my early tomiddle thirties when I found distance education and… it was a godsendto enable me to make my life and my son‟s life a much better one inthe long term. I wanted to better myself by studying while on a benefitand not being able to afford childcare, distance education was the bestway of making my life better.
  • “Distance Education……it has made me the person I am today, a productive workingwoman in her late forties contributing to society. I was in my early tomiddle thirties when I found distance education and… it was a godsendto enable me to make my life and my son‟s life a much better one inthe long term. I wanted to better myself by studying while on a benefitand not being able to afford childcare, distance education was the bestway of making my life better.I am now employed by a government department in a role helpingvictims in the community. I am now in a position that I am not relianton a benefit and not likely to need one in the future. Where would I beif distance education was not available to me? Still in the same placeas I was 12 years ago, stuck on a benefit with no future to speak of.Now I am… proof that it‟s possible to change your life for the better byutilizing distance education”Sharon (18th Jan, 2011) http://exmss.org/presidentsblog/2011/01/18/treat-distance-students-with-respect
  • At Massey…Expanding access to tertiary education through differentpathways has always been central to our mission.
  • At Massey…Expanding access to tertiary education through differentpathways has always been central to our mission.More than any modern-era New Zealand university we arecommitted to promoting development and life-longlearning.
  • At Massey…Expanding access to tertiary education through differentpathways has always been central to our mission.More than any modern-era New Zealand university we arecommitted to promoting development and life-longlearning.Massey understands the transformative potentialoftertiaryeducation for inspiring people to better themselves,forbuilding capacityfor change withincommunities and forpromoting wider societal benefits.
  • Massey‟s mission of access and development nowextends beyond New Zealand…Previously international students had to come to us Now we can go to them…
  • Conclusion In many respects New Zealand is out of step with the rest of the world as there is very little recognition of the „new normal‟ of online, blended and distance education.
  • What happened in the past is no longer a reliable guideto the future • Learning for the future • Teachers as future makers • Leading in a climate of change http://www.ascilite.org