Higher education research


The Australian academic profession in 2007 : a first analysis of the survey results

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This report was produced by the Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy, University of New England and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).


This report provides a preliminary overview of the outcomes of the Australian Changing Academic Profession (CAP) Survey. The results of this national survey of Australian academics supports the notion that change has been profound and sometimes quite dramatic within the Australian higher education system. Conditions are perceived to have deteriorated, there is much pressure to perform, and there is a perception of managerialism within the sector. Yet, survey results also show that this is but one side of the coin of Australian academe. The other side is one of job satisfaction, of relative autonomy, of international collaboration and of involvement.