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Globalization practices and universities: Some examples from American and Australian Universities

Currie, J. (1996) Globalization practices and universities: Some examples from American and Australian Universities. In: 1996 ERA/AARE Joint Conference, 25 - 29 November 1996, Singapore


Universities have undergone and are continuing to undergo radical changes in major English-speaking, industrialized countries during the 1980s and 1990s. The main changes have been stimulated by budget cuts and an associated ideological shift to the right which privileges corporate practices. Slaughter (1993) reported that in 1991-92 roughly two-thirds of public research institutions in the United States faced substantial cuts and many private universities were also engaged in various forms of retrenchment. She noted that "higher education, paralleling the American economy, probably has to restructure to deal with the future" (1993, 247). This ideological shift is nowhere better described than in a recent statement by Australia's Minister for Education, Senator Amanda Vanstone: "To survive and prosper in a rapidly changing world, universities must embrace the marketplace and become customer-focused business enterprises" (1996, A11). She went on to describe the government's vision of change which would allow universities to adjust to the forces of globalization and give them the sort of policy directions to deal with microeconomic reform which many industries have already faced.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Australian Association for Research in Education
Copyright: 1996 AARE
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Notes: Appears In: 1996 AARE Conference Papers (Paper code: CURRJ96.624)
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