From opportunity to obligation: Embedding student and staff co-creation and shared decision-making in universities
Student and staff partnership has recently captivated many in the higher education sector. As universities strive to attract students, support increasingly diverse cohorts, and fend off new competitors in the market, asking students what they need, and want, is a logical endeavour. And yet, the rationales to embrace student and staff collaboration go beyond sensible business practice. By partnering with students, universities can demonstrate their commitment to community engagement, strengthen relationship-rich learning, and support civic responsibility in their students.
So, what are universities doing to shift partnership from a peripheral practice to simply the way things are done? In this seminar, I will outline national and international examples of ‘whole-of-institution’ approaches to student and staff partnership. I will also highlight relevant policy changes from quality assurance agencies in Australia and abroad that signal a shift in the institutional responsibility to support partnership. I will end on recommendations on how to develop university-wide partnership programs that ensure diverse student participation, adoption from both professional and academic staff, and streamline data collection of student feedback.