This vignette describes the contribution that leaders can make to the success or failure of an institutional strategy. Key issues:
• Continuity of leadership
• Commitment of leaders
• Understanding of language issues
These vignettes have been developed from the themes and issues identified from detailed case studies conducted at a number of Australian universities.
They have been selected to illustrate and explore the complexity of the issues involved in developing a strategy for student English language assessment and development in Australia’s universities; and to convey the lived experience of the various participants.
We hope these vignettes will spark recognition or promote discussion. We welcome your responses and suggestions – whether to provide possible solutions to problems, present an alternative perspective, or simply to tell your story.
The vignettes are presented in the form of narratives which have been developed from the case study data. The texts themselves are compilations from the various sources which contributed to the case studies, and should not be interpreted as the actual words of any individual at the universities concerned.