The ‘quality’ of universities and the ‘Resource Intensity of Learning’

It is impossible for us to ascertain the ‘quality’ of Universities unless we clearly understand the ‘One Planet World’ we are now entering and consequently ‘what they are here for’.

In this ‘One Planet World’. where resources are constrained and human resources are plentiful, Universities can only exist to ‘liberate the creativity required to enable their stakeholders to continually reduce the resource intensity of society at continually reducing resource intensity of learning’

The formation of students throughout the world is for a paradigm that no longer exists – the one of creating wealth through continuously using more resources – the paradigm universities have to educate for is one where wealth is created using fewer and fewer non-renewable resources. The one that is governed by the One Planet Equation and 1st Law of Sustainability, which states

‘In a resource constrained environment, goods and services can only grow at the rate at which they can be reduced beyond that required to balance the One Planet Equation’

note – we also have to recognise that many ‘renewable resources’ are not renewable at exponential rates of use. 


Review to judge ‘quality’ of universities


By David Turner, Education Correspondent

Published: December 7 2009 13:39 | Last updated: December 7 2009 13:39

Lord Browne’s review of student funding has broadened into a wide-ranging inquiry into the standard of England’s universities and how well they are serving the economy.

The government-appointed panel on Monday asked for evidence on the overall quality of higher education, seeking to answer the question: “Does the higher education system provide the quality and academic standards that students, employers and national economic needs require?”

The review’s decision to take a broader view of the university sector, rather than concentrate narrowly on student funding, could result in a politically explosive document when it reports after the next general election. Debate over the quality of degrees at English universities has intensified in recent months, particularly after a parliamentary committee raised questions about standards in August.

The Browne review’s focus on the economic payback of degrees will also raise hackles among academics and student leaders. Many argue that ministers have become excessively fixated with universities’ role in the economy, rather than their broader benefits to civilisation.

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