We are entering a very exciting but challenging time in higher education. It will be a time of uncertainty and the only thing we can be certain of is that things will not be the same. Griffith University aims to embrace these changes and to position ourselves to be ahead of the game. This will prove to be challenging for staff who will need to work in new ways and accept that students need and expect a different type of education.
Although the majority of our students will still attend campus for a good proportion of their teaching, we will see increasing amounts of their learning activities being conducted off-campus through online teaching. Indeed an increasing number of students will study fully online. We will also see changes to the traditional two-semester teaching model, with an increasing number of our programs being offered in intensive and flexible time periods. These changes are essential if we are to continue to attract high-quality students to Griffith.
This presents many challenges for us, but we will need to adapt in order to remain competitive as a university. We will need to employ staff who have strong expertise in these new ways of teaching, and also provide high-quality professional development to enable existing academic staff to enhance their skills in these areas.
Griffith is a wonderful place to work and we will aim to keep it that way. We want to continue to attract excellent staff and to retain and support them to achieve their potential while recognising that many traditional practices will need to adapt. Griffith has many wonderful teachers and we need to celebrate their successes in learning and teaching, as well as in research.
The Academic Plan 2013-2017 outlines the ways in which Griffith aims to transform the student experience, while paying particular attention to the quality of teaching, and to academic standards. We also need to recognise that our students come from diverse backgrounds and we must ensure that we provide them with the support that they need in order to succeed. Our student success and retention strategy will be one of the most important elements of academic planning during this next phase. Interestingly, we can make use of new approaches such as learning analytics in order to identify students who are at risk of academic difficulties or attrition, and we can intervene early to provide learning assistance.
This plan is of relevance to all areas of the University given that all academic and professional staff in some way play an important part in ensuring that our students have the best possible university experience and will succeed in becoming graduates of influence in the future.
I look forward to working with you over the next five years in the implementation of this Academic Plan.
- Academic Plan 2013-2017: Transforming the Student Experience (PDF 1Mb) (Note: Depending on your browser, you may need to save the PDF file and re-open from the desktop)
Professor Debra Henly
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)