Negotiating diversity, inclusion and productivity in Australian universities

Year: 2017

Author: Ryan, Juliana, Macfarlane, Susie, Hitch, Danielle, Goldingay, Sophie, Greer, Lamaro Haintz

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Policy to widen participation in Australian higher education (HE) has long been shaped by neoliberal goals, as well as social inclusion. The influential Bradley Review of HE proposed widening participation as a strategy to boost national productivity and global competitiveness, while also recognising the social responsibilities and benefits of universities (2008). Since 2008, student diversity has increased and neoliberal ideology has dominated Australian universities. In neoliberal universities education is a product, students are customers and academics are service providers (Saunders & Blanco Ram