July 22, 2013
Innovative Research Universities Response to Higher Education Standards Panel Call for Comment Number 2
The guiding principle that ERA performance reports are ‘not an appropriate requirement of minimum standards for research’ is welcome. The use of the term ‘fields of research’ used throughout the draft standards is prescriptive, and strongly linked to ERA assessments. This should be replaced with the term ‘discipline’ in all cases to better include interdisciplinary research and that which otherwise does not fall neatly into the ABS Field of Science and Technology Codes.
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