Professor Richard James

Deputy Provost (Academic and Undergraduate) & Co-Director

Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education

Executive Assistant - Illy Paumolevuka
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Professor Richard James is Deputy Provost (Academic and Undergraduate) and Co-Director of the Melbourne Centre for the Study of  Higher Education. He holds a Chair in Higher Education and is a prominent researcher, commentator on higher education policy in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.  He is a member of the national Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP).

Richard has wide-ranging research interests in higher education that centre on the quality of the student experience.  His research program spans access and equity, the transition to university, student finances, student engagement, quality assurance and academic standards. He has published widely on the effects of social class on higher education aspirations and participation.  He has been the recipient or co-recipient of over $4 million in grants, including national competitive research grants.  He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, books and book-length reports and supervised 30 research students to successful completion, including 15 doctoral students. He was awarded an ARC Discovery Grant in 2010 for a project to examine new approaches to performance management in public sector organisations.

Much of his academic work is related to policy development.  Richard led significant national studies of equity and student finances for Universities Australia that were influential in the 2008 Review of Australian Higher Education.  In 2008 he co-directed the DEEWR commissioned project that developed the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).  He has been a member of the advisory group for the Learning and Teaching Performance Fund (LTPF), the AUQA Advisory Group on Standards, the Advancing Quality of Higher Education (AQHE) advisory group and the Quality Indicators for Learning and  Teaching (QILT) advisory group.  He has conducted extensive policy development for the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council (IHEAC).

Richard's research interests include studies of aspects of teaching and learning, including the assessment of student learning, the influences of disciplines of approaches to teaching, the teaching-research nexus and peer review of teaching. With CSHE colleagues he developed the framework, criteria and guidelines for the Australian Awards for University Teaching program of the then Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).

Books and book-length research reports

BEXLEY, E., DAROESMAN, S., ARKOUDIS, S. & JAMES, R.   (2012). University student finances in 2012: A study of the financial circumstances of domestic and international students in Australia's universities. Canberra: Universities Australia (report)

NEWHAM, E., ANDERSON, M. & JAMES, R. Access to higher education in Victoria under the national demand­driven system. An analysis of 2007-2011 higher education applications, offers and enrolments drawn from the VTAC database(2012) (report)

RADLOFF, A., COATES, H., JAMES, R. & KRAUSE, K. University Experience Survey: Report on the Development of the University Experience Survey (2011) (report)

PALMER, N., BEXLEY, E, & JAMES, R. Selection and Participation in Higher Education: University selection in support of student success and diversity of participation (2011) (paper)

JAMES, R., KRAUSE, K. & JENNINGS, C. The First Year Experience in Australia Universities: Findings from 1994 to 2009. (2010)

JAMES, R., BEXLEY, E & SHEARER, M. Improving Tertiary Selection Practices in Victoria. Commissioned report for DIIRD and DEECD (2009)    (paper)

MARGINSON, S. & JAMES, R. Education, Science and the Future of Australia. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press  (2008)

JAMES, R., MEEK, L., HARMAN, G. HARRIS, K. Recommendations for an Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement. Canberra: DEEWR. (2008)

JAMES, R. BEXLEY, E., MAXWELL, L. Participation and Equity. Canberra: Universities Australia (2008)

JAMES, R. BEXLEY, E., DEVLIN, M. & MARGINSON, S. Australian University Student Finances 2006: Final report a national survey of students in public universities. Canberra: Universities Australia (2007)

JAMES, R. BEXLEY, E., DEVLIN, M. & MARGINSON, S. Australian University Student Finances 2006: A summary of findings from a national survey of students in public universities. Canberra: Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (2007)

ALFORD, K. & JAMES, R. Pathways and barriers: Indigenous schooling and VET participation in the Goulburn Valley. 70 pp. Adelaide: National Council for Vocation Education Research ISBN 978 1 921170737(2007)

MOK, K. & JAMES, R. (eds.) Globalisation and higher education in East Asia. Lancaster, UK: Marshall Cavendish Academic. 360 pp. ISBN-10 981210402X (2005)

HARRIS, K. & JAMES, R. Carrick Fellowship Scheme: Proposal for Selection Criteria and Nomination Guidelines (Confidential report to the Board of the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) (2005)

HARRIS, K., KRAUSE, K., JAMES, R., HOWARD, L. & GARNETT, R. Carrick Awards for Australian University Teaching: Proposal for Selection Criteria and Nomination Guidelines (Confidential report to the Board of the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) (2005)

KRAUSE, K., HARTLEY, R., JAMES, R. & McINNIS, C. The First Year Experience in Australian Universities: The findings from a decade of research. Canberra: Department of Education, Science and Training. ix + 105pp. (2005)

JAMES, R., HARRIS, K., KRAUSE, K., HOWARD, L. & GARNETT, R., Recommendations for an expanded program of Australian Awards for University Teaching (Confidential report to the Board of the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) xiv + 71pp. (2005)

JAMES, R., BALDWIN, G., COATES, H., KRAUSE, K., & McINNIS, C. (2004) Analysis of Equity Groups in Higher Education 1991-2002. Canberra: Department of Education, Science and Training. (2004)

JAMES, R. & BRENNAN, L. Indigenous students who withdraw before completing higher education: Expectations, experiences and outcomes. (unpublished report)

JAMES, R., McINNIS, C. & DEVLIN,.M. Assessing Learning in Australian Universities, Australian Universities Teaching Committee 64 pp. (2002)

JAMES, R. Socioeconomic Background and Higher Education Participation: An analysis of school students' aspirations and expectations. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service xi+67 pp. (2002)

McINNIS, C., GRIFFIN, P., JAMES, R. & COATES, H. Development of the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ). Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service: x + 80pp. (2001)

JAMES, R. TAFE, University or Work?: The early preferences and choices of students in Years 10, 11, & 12.  Adelaide: National Council for Voc. Education Research: 60 pp.(2000) ISBN 0 87397 525 1.

JAMES, R., MILTON, J., & GABB, R. (eds) Cornerstones of Higher Education: Research and Development in Higher Education. Canberra: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia: iv + 122 pp. (2000) ISBN 0 908557-46-9.

McINNIS, C., JAMES, R. & HARTLEY, R. Trends in the First Year Experience in Australian Universities. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service: vii + 64 pp. (2000) ISBN 0 642 44864 7.

JAMES, R., BALDWIN, G. & McINNIS, C. Which University? The factors influencing the choices of prospective undergraduates. Canberra: Australian Government Pub. Service: xi + 90 pp. (1999) ISBN 0 642 23914 2.

JAMES, R., Wyn, J., baldwin, g., hepworth, g., mcinnis, c., & stephanou, A. Rural and Isolated Students and their Higher Education Choices: A re-examination of student location, socioeconomic background, and educational advantage and disadvantage. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service: xix +121 pp. (1999) ISBN 0 642 23871 5.

JAMES, R. & BalDwin, G. Eleven Practices of Effective Postgraduate Supervisors. Melb.: Centre for the Study of Higher Education & School of Graduate Studies: 46 pp. (1999) ISBN 0 7340 1622 0.

James, R. & Baldwin, G. Tutoring and Demonstrating: A Guide for the University of Melbourne. Melbourne: Centre for the Study of Higher Education: v + 80 pp. (1997). ISBN 0 7325 1067 8.

James, R. & Beattie, K. Expanding Options: Delivery Technologies and Postgraduate Coursework. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service: x + 109 pp. (1996). ISBN 0 644 45885 2.

James, R. & McInnis, C. (eds.) Transition to Active Learning: Proceedings of the 2nd Pacific Rim Conference on the First Year in Higher Education. Melbourne: Centre for the Study of Higher Education: v + 557 pp. (1996).

McInnis, C. & James, R. First Year on Campus: Diversity in the Initial Experiences of Australian Undergraduates. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service: xii +159 pp. (1995). [Report]

McInnis, C., James, R. & Morris, A. The Coursework Masters Degree: Growth, Diversity and Quality Assurance. Canberra: AGPS: x + 100 pp. (1995). ISBN 0 644 35684 7.

Journal Articles and chapters

BALDWIN, G. & JAMES, R. Access and Equity in Higher Education, in Peterson, P., Baker, E., & McGaw, B. (Eds), International Encyclopedia of Education. volume 4, pp. 334-340. Oxford: Elsevier. (2010) (encyclopedia entry)

HARRIS, K & JAMES, R. オーストラリア高等教育における公的調査について (National Survey in Australian Higher Education), in Yamanouchi, K. 学歴と就労の比較教育社会学 (Comparative Sociology of Education: Academic Background and Employment). Gakubunsya Co. Ltd.: Tokyo.  (2010)

JAMES, R. Achieving social inclusion and universal participation: Towards new conceptions of higher education, New Zealand Annual Review of Education, TE AROTAKE A TAU O TE AO O TE MATAURANGA I AOTEAROA (2009)

JAMES, R. Implications of the Bradley Review for student equity groups, in Student Equity in Higher Education: What we know, what we need to know, Forum Proceedings, pp14-18 (2009)

JAMES, R. Social equity in a mass, globalised higher education environment: The unresolved issue of widening access to university. Faculty of Education Dean's Lecture Series 2007, University of Melbourne. (2007)

JAMES, R. The theories of teaching and learning underpinning space and design decisions, in Places and Spaces for Learning Seminars, report of the 2007 national seminar series.  Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). Sydney.

DEVLIN, M., JAMES. R. & GRIGG, G.  Studying and working: A national study of student finances and student engagement, Tertiary Education and Management 14 (2) pp.111-122 (2008)

HARRIS, K., FARRELL, K. & JAMES, R.  Measuring   the quality of teaching: The Australian experience of indicators for teaching, in Higher Education Forum, Research Institute for Higher Education (RIHE), Hiroshima University. Volume 4, February 2007

HARRIS, K. & JAMES, R. Facilitating reflection   on assessment policies and practices: A planning framework for educative review of assessment, Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development 3 (2) pp.23-36 (2006)

HARRIS, K. & JAMES, R.  The Course Experience Questionnaire, Graduate Destinations Survey and the Learning and Teaching Performance Fund in Australian higher education.  Commissioned paper for the program in Public Policy for Academic Quality (PPAQ)/. At (2006)

JAMES, R. Some observations on the Australian experience of the national Course Experience Questionnaire survey and the national Learning and Teaching Performance Fund.  In Jennings J & Angelo T(eds), Proceedings of the ASQ 10 Symposium Student Engagement: Measuring and Enhancing Engagement with Learning..  (AAU Series on Quality Number 10)13-20. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit.

KRAUSE, K., COATES, H. & JAMES, R. Monitoring   the internationalisation of higher education: Are there useful quantitative performance indicators?, in Tight, M. (ed.) International relations, International Perspectives on Higher Education Research Volume 3. pp.233-253 (2005).

COATES, H., JAMES, R. & BALDWIN, G. A critical examination of the effects of Learning Management Systems on university teaching and learning, Tertiary Education and Management 11: 19-36 (2005).

JAMES, R. & McINNIS, C. Equity policy in   Australian higher education: A case of policy stasis, in Gornitzka, A.,   Kogan. M. & Amaral, A. & (eds.) Reform and Change in Higher Education: Analysing policy implementation Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands (2005).

McINNIS, C. & JAMES, R. Access and retention in Australian higher education, in Yorke, M. and Longden, B.(eds.) Retention and Student Success in Higher Education. Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press: Berkshire, UK (2004).

GRIFFIN, P., COATES, H., McINNIS, C. & JAMES,   R. The Development of an Extended Course Experience Questionnaire, Quality in Higher Education 9, 3: pp. 259-266 (2003).

JAMES, R. International cooperation and exchange in universities in Australia, in Mergers and Cooperation among Higher Education Institutions: Australia, Japan and Europe, Research Institute for Higher Education: Hiroshima, Japan (2003)

JAMES, R. Suggestions relative to the selection of strategic system-level indicators to review the development of higher education, in Yonezawa, A. & Kaiser, F. (eds) System-Level and Strategic Indicators for Monitoring Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century UNESCO-CEPES: Bucharest. (2003).

JAMES, R.  Academic standards and the assessment of student learning: Some current issues in Australian higher education, Tertiary Education and Management 9,3: pp 187-198 (2003).

DEVLIN, M. & JAMES, R.  The potential for university-wide multimedia and educational technology evaluation, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 28, 1:pp 47-58.

JAMES, R. & BECKETT, D. The changing   expectations of university students and the implications for learning,   in Wang, C., Mohanan, K. and Pan, D. Proceedings of the Second Symposium on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, National University of Singapore. (2002).

JAMES, R. Students' changing expectations of higher education and the consequences of mismatches with reality, in Coaldrake, P. (ed.) Responding to Student Expectations OECD: Paris (2002).

JAMES, R. Participation disadvantage in Australian higher education: An analysis of some effects of geographical location and socioeconomic status, Higher Education 42 (2001).

JAMES, R. & BECKETT, D. Higher education and lifelong learning: An Australian perspective, in Schuetze, H. & Slowey, M. (eds) Higher education and lifelong learning: International perspectives on change. Routledge/Falmer: London. pp. 173-194 (2000).

JAMES, R. Quality assurance and the growing puzzle of managing organisational knowledge in universities, Higher Education Management 12,3: pp.41-59 (2000).

JAMES, R. Non-traditional students in Australian   higher education: Persistent inequities and the new ideology of 'student choice', Tertiary Education and Management 6, 2: pp.105-118 (2000).

JAMES, R.  University participation of rural and remote students, in King, R., Hill, D. & Hemmings, B. (eds) University and Diversity: Changing perspectives, policies and practices in Australia, Keon Publications: NSW. pp. 153-166 (2000).

JAMES, R. How school-leavers choose a preferred university course and possible effects on the quality of the school-university transition, Journal of Institutional Research Australasia 9, 1 (2000).

BALDWIN, G. & JAMES, R. The market in Australian higher education and the concept of student as informed consumer, Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management 22, 2: pp.139-148 (2000).

JOHNSTON, C., JAMES, R., LYE, J. & McDONALD, I.   An evaluation of the introduction of collaborative problem-solving for learning economics, Journal of Economic Education 31, 1 pp. 13-29 (2000).

McINNIS,C. & JAMES, R. Transition from secondary to tertiary: A performance study, Higher Education Series Occasional paper no. 13, Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs: 12 pp. (1999).

JAMES, R. National and institutional approaches to quality assurance in Australian Higher Education, in Quality Assurance for Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, SEAMEO RIHED, pp. 19-30 (1999).

Johnston, C., Olekalns, N., James, R., &   Wilkins, N. 1999, Collaborative problem-solving in tutorials for   improving student learning in a statistics subject : an evaluation, in Educational Innovation in Economics and Business IV: Learning in a changing environment. eds J. Troy, M.Pettigrew, J. Hommes and P. Keizer. Kluwer Academic Publishers: pp143-160. (1999).

James, R. Benchmarking in Australian higher education: The claims and prospects, Curriculum Perspectives 18, 3: pp.62-70 (1998).

James, R. An organisational learning perspective on academic development: A strategy for an uncertain future, International Journal for Academic Development 2, 2: pp. 35-41 (1997).

James, R. & McINNIS, C. Coursework masters degrees and quality assurance: Implicit and explicit factors at program level, Quality in Higher Education 3, 2: pp. 101-112 (1997).

James, R. & McInnis, C. The residential arrangements of first year students in Australia: Student accommodation and adjustment to university, Journal of the Freshman Year Experience 9,2: pp. 33-51 (1997).

Beattie, K. & James, R. Flexible coursework delivery to Australian postgraduates: How effective is the teaching and learning?, Higher Education 33, 2: pp. 177-194 (1997).

James, R. & Beattie, K.  Postgraduate coursework beyond the classroom: Issues in implementing flexible delivery, Distance Education 17, 2: pp. 355-368 (1996).

James, R. & Johnston, C.  Enhancing first year tutorials: A collaborative, problem-oriented approach to learning Economics, in James, R. & McInnis, C. (eds) Transition to Active Learning: Proceedings of the 2nd Pacific Rim Conference on the First Year in Higher Education. Melbourne: Centre for the Study of Higher Education: pp. 253-265 (1996).

James, R. & Johnston, C.  A collaborative, problem-oriented approach to learning economics in the first year, 4th Annual Teaching Economics Conference Proceedings.  Darwin: Northern Territory University: pp. 27-43 (1996).

James, R. & Beattie, K. Delivery alternatives for postgraduate coursework, Higher Education Series Occasional paper no. 13, Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs: 6 pp. (1996).

James, R. The introduction of appraisal in Australian universities: Time to take stock, in Theobald, M. (ed.) Graduate Studies in Education, The University of Melbourne (Faculty of Education): pp. 31-46 (1996).

Johnston, C., James, R. & McDonald, I. An evaluation of the effectiveness of collaborative problem-solving for learning economics, Research Working Paper No. 534, Melbourne: Department of Economics, University of Melbourne: pp. 29 (1996).

James, R. International Developments in Assuring Quality in Higher Education, The Australian Educational Researcher, 22, 1: pp. 136-138: (1995).

James, R. In search of staff development: A study of academic staff appraisal, Higher Education Research and Development, 14, 2: pp. 185-199 (1995).

Johnston, C. & James, R. New directions in   teaching and learning in an Economics Department, in Little, P, Ostwald,   M. & Ryan, G. (eds) Research and Development in Problem Based Learning, Vol. 3 1995 Sydney: Australian Problem Based Learning Network: pp. 235-256 (1995).

James, R. Performance appraisal and the reshaping of academic staff development, in Cotter, R. & Marshall, S. Research and Practice in Educational Administration.  Hawthorn: Australian Council for Educational Administration: pp. 195-210 (1995).