A revolution swept through universities three decades ago, transforming them from elite institutions into a mass system of higher education. Teaching was aligned with occupational outcomes, research was directed to practical results. Campuses grew and universities became more entrepreneurial. Students had to juggle their study requirements with paid work, and were required to pay back part of the cost of their degrees. The federal government directed this transformation through the creation of a Unified National System. How did this happen? What were the gains and the losses? No End of a Lesson explores this radical reconstruction and assesses its consequences.
Stuart Macintyre is Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. His previous works include A Proletarian Science, Winners and Losers: The Pursuit of Social Justice in Australian History, Volume 4 of the Oxford History of Australia and A Colonial Liberalism.
André Brett researches widely in political, economic, environmental and transport history and takes a particular interest in the formation, evolution and demise of institutions. He is a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wollongong and recently published Acknowledge No Frontier: The Creation and Demise of New Zealand's Provinces (2016).
Gwilym Croucher is a higher education researcher, analyst and policy adviser at the University of Melbourne. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education as well as Principal Policy Adviser in Chancellery at the University.