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ERIC Number: EJ848186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0818-8068
The Neglected Role of a Neglected Body: Academic Boards' Role in Assuring "Equivalent" Standards
Moodie, Gavin
Australian Universities' Review, v47 n1 p35-41 2004
When asked to demonstrate that they set standards for their higher education qualifications which are equivalent to Australian and international standards, Australian universities typically refer to a range of measures, and many refer to the accreditation of their programs by vocational bodies or registration boards. However, writes the author, this is an inadequate assurance of academic standards. The Australian Universities Quality Agency explicitly does not aim to examine universities' standards, but relies heavily on universities' primary self-evaluation. The author argues that it is an unacceptable position for Australian higher education if it does not meet the expectations of the Australian Universities Quality Agency and does not displace the numerous informal indications of variable standards. The author also considers options for assuring similar standards in decreasing order of plausibility but in increasing order of acceptability to teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia