A My University website is a far better idea that the ‘performance funding’ policy foreshadowed last year, which will use much of the same data but hand out cash according to the DEEWR bureaucracy’s definition of ‘performance’. As I argued at the time, many of these measures do not clearly measure ‘performance’, or involve trade-offs that universities and students should decide on, not bureaucrats. If would-be students are given the data, they can determine what weight if any to give it.
The My University website concept needs to expand to include private providers of higher education. Many of them do not currently participate in the surveys underlying the proposed data to be used on the site, but they could easily be included.
Leaving private providers out would undermine the value of My University, both because potential students should be informed of all their options and because competition from private providers is desirable to put performance pressure on public universities. Public university VCs were reported in The Australian this morning (not online as far as I can see) as supporting a My Higher Education website that included all providers of higher education. While I doubt they were doing this to facilitate competition, the idea itself is a good one.