The Australian | 26 March 2013
The chairman of the Australian Institute for Teaching School Leadership, Tony Mackay, says new national standards for accrediting teaching courses will result in a shake-out of the programs offered by almost 50 higher education institutions.
Mackay says that while the accreditation process is in its early days, initial results suggest “as many as 20% will have serious work to do and, of those that will not get up at all, I’d be very surprised if it were less than 10%”.
It’s a demanding process. There’s an application process then requiring people to do more work, you don’t immediately get through accreditation if you don’t meet the criteria.
Mackay said six programs had been accredited last year, of which one had failed to meet the criteria and was since closed by the university, while a further 100 programs were slated to go through the process this year, with the aim of assessing about two-thirds of all courses offered by 2015.