Saturday, 28 April 2007

An update...

In the post dated 2 Apr 07 (Who cares about standards?) several organisations were mentioned which received a letter informing them about the issue with Griffith University; the letter is presented in that post.

Four weeks later it is interesting to see who responded and how.

Australian Universities Quality Agency:
Dr David Woodhouse, Executive Director: the information has been noted for their records.

Carrick Institute
Mr Morrish Besley, AC, Director: no response so far.
Professor Margaret Gardner, Director: not a matter for her.
Professor John Hay, AC, Chairman, Director: merely acknowledged the letter.

Federal Department of Education
Ms Julie Bishop MP, Minister: no response so far.
Mr Pat Farmer, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister: no response so far.

Federal Ombudsman's Office
No response so far.

Queensland Department of Education
Ms Rachel Hunter, Director-General: no response so far.
Mr Rod Welford MP, Minister: letter has been forwarded to the minister.

Queensland Ombudsman's Office
The information has been noted for their records.

Vice Chancellor's Committee
Mr John Mullarvey, Chief Executive Officer: no response so far.
Mr Peter Rodely, Committee Executive Officer: no response so far.
Mrs Julie Ryan, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer: no response so far.
Mr Tim Sealey, Assistant Director: no response so far.

The above are all entities which in one way or another should have some interest in the quality of education in general and its tertiary sector in particular. Although my letter did not request some action to be taken, one would think that regardless of some person's own opinion these institutions would see it as their duty to at least learn enough about this matter to make an informed decision about how to proceed.

The Vice Chancellor's Committee had already expressed its own lack of interest on a previous occasion. The Carrick Institute, which hands out various performance-based prizes to Australian Universities each year, doesn't want to know about it. Others have added my remarks to their files, but for what purpose is less clear. Some responses are still outstanding.

The question does suggest itself - to what extent are these organisations dedicated to their stated aims in an objective and mutually independent manner?

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