8 March 2013
The Higher Education Standards Panel, which advises and makes recommendations to the Commonwealth minister responsible for tertiary education and research on the Higher Education Standards Framework, has released draft course design and learning outcome standards for comment.
The panel has drafted seven standards on course design and ten on learning outcomes.
Once settled, the standards will be the measure against which the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency will register institutions and accredit their courses.
It’s seeking feedback on the proposed format, including style, clarity and “pitch”.
The closing date for comments is Tuesday 16 April 2013.
TEQSA has released the Terms of Reference for its first quality assessment focusing on third party arrangements, which exist in many areas in the higher education sector. This is the first time a comprehensive assessment of third party arrangements has been undertaken across the Australian higher education sector.
TEQSA says quality assessments are an important part of TEQSA’s mandate, with the aim of this assessment being to identify and encourage good practice in providers’ third party practices.. The quality assessment process will also identify areas of systemic risk for the sector, and provide guidance and advice on how these can be addressed..
TEQSA has adopted a phased approach, with phase one being a survey of all higher education providers in three areas:
- Provision of student services;
- Course design development and approval; and
- Course delivery (teaching, learning and assessment), and management.
It is anticipated that the survey will be sent to providers in March 2013.