December 14th 2002


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COVER STORY: Why the Liberals were wiped out in Victoria

CANBERRA OBSERVED: First strike? With what?

VICTORIAN ELECTION: Cause of Liberals' decimation clear

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STRAWS IN THE WIND: Physician heal thyself

The panacea of free trade (letter)

Free trade: myth and reality (letter)

HOUSING: A solution to young home-buyers' nightmare

Universities: quantity replaces quality (letter)

Medicare (letter)

Ignored Australians (letter)

ECONOMICS: Just how real are Japan's money woes?

COMMENT: The cause one dares not criticise

SUGAR: Sugar cane farmers rally to unite industry

MEDIA: Counting the cost of the Pay TV war

HISTORY: Revisiting the Dismissal

ASIA: Taiwan Strait's delicate military balance

BOOKS: Dry: In Defence of Economic Freedom, by John Hyde

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Universities: quantity replaces quality (letter)


by Charles Patak

News Weekly, December 14, 2002
Sir,

In response to Mr. R.J. Stove, "Universities in 2002: what would Newman think?" (News Weekly, November 16), undoubtedly Cardinal Newman would be appalled by the state of our universities, and so should be all who are in the know.

Unfortunately, a vast majority of our academics are either too self-serving or too scared to point out that perhaps half of our present-day graduates would not have made it past the first year of university studies only two decades ago.

And yet, the decline in intellectual standards is an inevitable consequence of the substantial increase in student numbers!

As Kingsley Amis warned when English universities contemplated a similar expansion: "More is worse".

Thus, rather than becoming a "clever" country, we are becoming a "well-certified" one.

Charles Patak

Upper Ferntree Gully, Vic.




























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