ERIC Number: ED466949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons Learned on Raising Quality and Achievement.
This report draws on the first two years' experience, findings, and research of the seven strands of the Raising Quality and Achievement (RQA) Program to draw general conclusions about issues being addressed, progress made, and challenges remaining for colleges in the United Kingdom. It defines quality and achievement, describes the national context, and examines the relationship between college effectiveness and college improvement. These strategies for improving quality and achievement are discussed: recognize the need for and possibility of improvement; identify priority areas for improvement; set demanding but feasible targets; know the range of possible improvement tactics available; select the tactic(s) best fitted for the purpose; enable the tactic to match the context; create a realistic and costed action plan; and monitor the effects of initiatives on student success. A section describes each of the seven strands of RQA (research and evaluation; benchmarking and information; quality improvement team; best practice; development projects; leadership for achievement; and quality information and advice service) and identifies the following for each: issues being addressed, positive messages emerging, and remaining challenges faced by colleges. The final section summarizes factors RQA identified as making key contributions to the ongoing enhancement of quality and achievement. Appendixes include an annotated list of 18 publications for further reading and 21 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Benchmarking, Demonstration Programs, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, Quality Control
Learning and Skills Development Agency, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7LS, United Kingdom. Tel: 020 7297 9000; Fax: 020 7297 9001; Web site: http://www.lsda.org.uk/home.asp. For full text: http://www.lsda.org.uk/files/pdf/ISBN1853387215.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department for Education and Skills, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom