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May 9: Professor Hamish Coates

CIHE Speaker Series events are free and open to the public.

May 9, 2017 5:30pm-7:00pm

OISE 6-184

Professor Hamish Coates

Professor of Higher Education, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne

Professor Coates was Founding Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research (2006 to 2013), and Program Director at the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Leadership and Management (2010 and 2013). He completed his PhD in 2005 at the University of Melbourne, and executive training at INSEAD in MBS. He was the Founding International Director of OECD’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO).



Innovative Approaches for Enhancing the 21st Century Student Experience

Everyone engaged in higher education wants students to succeed. Yet existing research into student success is vexed and at risk of stalling. Entrenched rituals for garnering evidence are yielding diminishing returns. Dated myths are used to identify who students are and how they experience higher education. People lack data to help plan the meaningful experiences which flowed serendipitously in smaller and more regulated systems.

Drawing from 15 years working with hundreds of institutions in around 50 countries, this seminar presents insights from a work program executed to bring about sustained enhancement of the student experience. It concentrates on findings from recent Australian innovation which has defined new concepts for understanding higher education students, identified new data sources and assessment approaches, and engaged institutions in enhancement work and new conversations about students.