|(Very) long week, short notes.
Academic Board – Monday. A good discussion about academic quality assurance and the need to develop a more holistic academic risk profile for UNE. Ditto retention and progression discussion centred on the benchmarks, net gain lag versus lead; Academic Board definitely going for lead. Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech – the rich finale to a great piece of work. Very proud of our student representatives and the engagement that have brought to UNE this week. Respectfully farewelled the current Chair who has done service above and beyond.
UNE as community facilitator – Tuesday. Generous and very engaged discussions with community champions of various identities about how, and by what means, UNE can be a better community citizen. Interesting cusping around the responsibilities UNE carries as a national tertiary education provider and the expectations of local groups around matters of resourcing, ethics and engagement. Clearly, and quite rightly, this is a dialogue that must develop so that UNE and other regional Universities are better recognised at a regional, state and national level for what we contribute and how we are a singular part of something bigger (more aspirational perhaps) at a local level.