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Our Projects

Higher education

Evaluation of Tertiary Pathways Project

A state government department of education

The project considered the development of three Associate Degree Programs by the Department in partnership with a range of university and industry partners. The evaluation was focused on five key areas: the extent to which progress has been made towards integrating VET and HE, improvements in administrative processes including student tracking and enrolment, factors that support successful partnerships, targeting and gains in access by disadvantaged groups and an identification of innovations and potential future directions.

Funding Policy Paper

Universities Australia

Strategic advice to Universities Australia, the peak body representing universities, regarding the potential outcomes of the 2014-15 Budget. This advice included modelling of the impact of the proposed funding changes and fee deregulation, and an analysis of the impact of the proposed changes to student loans.

Optimising the university resource allocation model

A large regional university in NSW

An independent analysis of the University's existing budget framework (the budget process and the budget model) and the development and recommendation of a new budget framework aimed at ensuring the University's financial sustainability.

Market Validation

A private online educator

A market validation exercise to test a proposed business model in the Australian market for an online learning provider.  This was undertaken by obtaining understanding of the reaction to the various aspects of the model and its value proposition from universities identified by the client as possible new providers.

Financial turnaround strategy and implementation

A large dual sector Victorian University

Development of a model for financial planning and forecasting and provision of advice regarding financial strategies to cope with funding cuts and other financial exigencies. This advice included quantifying the staff savings required, assisting with the achievement of the strands of the organisational reform program, and helping to cost and prioritise strategic initiatives.

The project also involved understanding and improving student retention and aligning administration processes for efficiency gains.

New program feasibility study

A University in NSW

Investigation into the feasibility of developing undergraduate programs in public health and health management at the University.

Measuring and improving teaching and learning outcomes: Workshops in Asia

A training event organiser

Leading a series of workshops across Malaysia focussed on measuring and improving teaching and learning outcomes. The workshops covered evidence-based policy and practice; assessing and measuring teaching quality and measuring and improving generic skills.

Review of the service delivery model for student amenities

A large dual sector University

Review of a University's Student Amenities Association service delivery model

Financial sustainability strategy for a $400m+ faculty

A Go8 University

Independent assessment of the financial position of the Faculty including identifying the broad profitability of the key activities undertaken by the Faculty, across teaching, research, commercial and other activities.

Organisational structures of central support service units

A Queensland university

Advice on organisational structures and reporting lines for a major part of the University's central support services areas.

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