ERIC Number: ED467897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Moorse, Rosemary; Reisenberger, Anna
This publication outlines prerequisites for success, critical factors in achieving excellence, and strategies for sustaining excellence once high levels of performance have been achieved. It considers how quality and improvement models might be used to support colleges in this work and draws on the work of 10 colleges in the United Kingdom that have maintained excellence in both inspection grades and student success rate. (These conclusions from the study of high performing colleges are made: sustaining excellence is not the same as reaching excellence, and sustaining excellence makes particular demands on colleges. These factors are prerequisites for achieving excellence: leadership, vision, and putting students at the heart of everything. These factors enable excellence to be achieved: high quality staff, clarity about core business, sound quality assurance, management information and communication strategies. These factors enable colleges to sustain their position: maintaining staff motivation, renewal and change, and a culture of continuous improvement. The external environment was viewed as a source of opportunities and resources in addition to a source of pressure or threat.) The document outlines frameworks and models for excellence and improvement, using such standards as Investors in People and the Excellence Framework. The publication concludes with a capability audit that summarizes factors identified by colleges that enable them to achieve excellence. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Education, Developed Nations, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Excellence in Education, Foreign Countries, Leadership, Performance Factors, Postsecondary Education, Quality Control, Student Needs, Success
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department for Education and Employment, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Association of Colleges, London (England).; Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom