Thursday, 22 October 2009

Don't overload academics, it is a waste of money

It is extremely wasteful of universities to gather some of the brightest and most highly trained individuals in the country in one institution and not allow them time to think.

In evaluating university quality we should be looking for workload policies that demonstrate that academics have time to think.

Thinking is the raison d’être of academic work.Without it, universities can not have genuine research or quality teaching.

If I were to rank Australian universities (which is a stupid idea, they have different purposes and roles), I would start with a comparison of their workload policies.

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