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ERIC Number: ED536218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education Standards and Quality. Go8 Backgrounder 13
Group of Eight (NJ1)
The increasing international mobility of students and graduates, and the proliferation of providers of higher education services and qualifications, challenge governments to find new ways and means of assuring that effective learning is taking place, and safeguarding the integrity of educational qualifications. The expansion and diversification of higher education requires new forms of information and channels of communication about the orientation and quality of different higher education institutions and programs, so that potential participants can make sense of what is available and make informed decisions, and employers can have a reasonable basis on which to compare graduate applicants for jobs. Thus there is a compelling case for governments to be concerned to ensure that the community can have confidence in its higher education institutions and the programs and qualifications they provide. However, the government's proposed approach to higher education involves a degree of central regulation and intrusion which is beyond that found in other OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries and which is unprecedented in Australia. There are concerns within the higher education community that this approach will be counterproductive because it will stifle diversity, erode quality and reduce the flexibility necessary to respond to unexpected needs and challenges. By adopting a more comprehensive, gradual and inclusive approach to policy development relating to standards and quality in higher education, the government will be able to achieve greater institutional and professional support and make more effective use of the national and international studies already underway in this area.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Group of Eight (Australia)
Identifiers - Location: Australia