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Carey, Philip – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
There is a strong focus on the importance of student engagement in higher education, with increasing attention on how students can participate in their university's decision-making processes. Yet, although the concept appears to be almost universally accepted, it is rarely problematised. This has led some commentators to conclude that student…
Descriptors: Organizational Culture, Learner Engagement, Foreign Countries, College Choice
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Wilson, Margaret R.; Corr, Philip J. – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
The "raison d'etre" of all universities is to create and deliver "academic value", which we define as the sum total of the contributions from the 360-degree "angles" of the academic community, including all categories of staff, as well as external stakeholders (e.g. regulatory, commercial, professional and community…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Outcomes of Education, Professional Services, Social Psychology
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Kleinman, Steven B.; Leidman, Mary Beth; Longcore, Andrew J. – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
The following study explores the landscape of grading systems utilised in higher education, focusing on the frequency of different types of assessment scales (including Straight Letter, Plus/Minus, and other alternative policies). Although numerous studies have explored the relationship between university grading system and student behaviour,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Enrollment, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students
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Gander, Michelle – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
Professional staff total approximately 23% of staff in universities in the UK, which in 2014/15 was the equivalent of 95,870 individuals (hesa.ac.uk). With their increasing span of responsibility, it is surprising that there has been little research into the careers of these staff. This study, part of a larger careers study, highlights some key…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Personnel, Career Development, Universities
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Kostrykina, Svetlana; Lee, Kerry; Hope, John – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
The unprecedented geopolitical and economic shifts across the world have triggered much debate over the re-thinking of internationalisation of higher education (IoHE). This article discusses how a deeper understanding of the knowledge economy paradigm contributes to re-thinking IoHE, and how it reshapes the relations between the west and the rest…
Descriptors: Knowledge Economy, Higher Education, Global Approach, International Education
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Brown, Roger – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
After climate change, rising economic inequality is the greatest challenge facing the advanced Western societies. Higher education has traditionally been seen as a means to greater equality through its role in promoting social mobility. But with increased marketisation higher education now not only reflects the forces making for greater inequality…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Equal Education, Social Mobility, Social Justice
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Sharpe, Rhona – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
With recent changes in how UK higher education is funded, universities are operating in a context in which finances are uncertain. It is more important than ever that university leaders are able to manage the finances of their organisations in ways which both provide long-term security and allow for investment in strategically important…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), College Administration, Governance, Finance Reform
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Gillard, J. W. – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
In this paper, we look at the results from the recent Teaching Excellence Framework (2017), which were made publicly available in June 2017. We offer some initial analysis and commentary, look at the primary reasons for providers being awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold, and look at some providers close to the borderline for their award. We…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reflection, Benchmarking, Teacher Evaluation
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Konstantinidis-Pereira, Alicja – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
This paper summarises a new method of grouping postgraduate taught (PGT) courses introduced at Oxford Brookes University as a part of a Portfolio Review. Instead of classifying courses by subject, the new cluster approach uses statistical methods to group the courses based on factors including flexibility of study options, level of specialisation,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Portfolios (Background Materials), Statistical Analysis, Classification
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Cassells, Laetitia; Weber, Caitlin – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
This study aimed to determine what the best practice guidelines were for making academic reading material available to visually impaired students at the University of Pretoria (UP) easily and efficiently. A basic literature review of relevant research data was done to help create further context for this study. A semi-structured interview with a…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Visual Impairments, Best Practices, Guidelines
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Gallo, Maria L. – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
This paper presents research from a small-scale study analysing how graduates and alumni feature in the strategic plans of all Irish universities (n = 7). The data suggest that the word 'graduate' is used to describe the work of the university as an enabler for the graduate, to prepare for the employment to acquire key skills, towards a foundation…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Strategic Planning, College Planning, Student Needs
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Banerjee, Pallavi Amitava – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
In this research informed perspective, I discuss some of the barriers students face during progression to higher education. A crucial role can be played by higher education institutions (HEIs) and other public bodies. I discuss some of the measures taken and critically evaluate these to show how these can be improved. In the absence of a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Access to Education, Student Participation, Barriers
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Cook, Mary Curnock – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
In 2011, David Willetts issued a White Paper with the title "Students at the Heart of the System". In 2011 the headlines were, inevitably, about the new tuition fee regime which, it was hoped, would change the thinking of university leaders so that they focussed less on research excellence and more on the needs and aspirations of…
Descriptors: College Administration, Institutional Mission, Student Needs, Student Interests
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Killingsworth, Brenda L.; Mansaray, Mahmud A.; Rhodes, Len – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
Graduation efficiency is of top concern for institutions of higher education throughout the world. Increasingly, accountability metrics have come under scrutiny as policymakers seek to ensure public resources are efficiently used. Traditionally, higher education policymakers in the USA and Europe have used graduation rate as an accountability…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Higher Education, Accountability, Efficiency
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Roberts, Ashleigh G. – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
Universities are breaking away from the academic apprenticeship-type PhD model towards more individualised and collaborative programmes. Papers published in peer-reviewed academic journals on this topic were compiled to investigate the conversation surrounding PhD reform. Important considerations derived from the literature were that PhD…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Educational Change, Job Skills
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