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Times Higher Education - National Student Survey - Key information may not unlock choice

Times Higher Education - National Student Survey - Key information may not unlock choice | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it

NSS scores' inclusion in KIS could offer perverse incentives. Jack Grove and Elizabeth Gibney writes

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Higher education policy: 12 UK blogs worth bookmarking

Higher education policy: 12 UK blogs worth bookmarking | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
For every minute you spend reading one higher education blog, you could be missing a better one – David Kernohan shares his own trusted sources of UK commentary on HE policy...
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English standards being set below recommended levels

"Nearly two in three UK universities are setting English language requirements below the recommended level for undergraduate students from outside the European Union, according to a Times Higher Education survey."

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Widening participation: 'not just about getting people through the doors'

Widening participation: 'not just about getting people through the doors' | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
How do you prepare non-traditional learners for the challenges of higher education before they enrol? Birkbeck's solution was 'learning cafes'.
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Universities must select on merit - Telegraph

Universities must select on merit - Telegraph | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
This admittance policy only conceals and entrenches the failures of the state school system...
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University administration should enable, not disable, learning

University administration should enable, not disable, learning | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
Decent higher education administration can, and should, be an aid to learning and teaching, not an obstacle, says James Derounian. Is a joined-up system wishful thinking?
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Partnering with industry: more than just a logo to help recruit students?

Partnering with industry: more than just a logo to help recruit students? | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
Universities can develop new postgraduate courses quickly, and increase their relevance, by making industry partners integral to the development process, says David Allen...
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Widening participation: understanding why London schools are winning

Widening participation: understanding why London schools are winning | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it

"Of the 20 best performing local authorities in England, sending young people to university, 17 are in London. Policymakers must learn from best practice and apply it across the country."

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Quality mark launched by QAA

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) today (1 August) launches a new quality mark to assure students and the public of the quality and standards of UK higher education.
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EducationInvestor: Hospitals could apply for degree awarding powers

EducationInvestor: Hospitals could apply for degree awarding powers | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
Teaching hospitals could potentially apply for their own taught degree awarding powers, a leading education lawyer has suggested.
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Private colleges maintain value, say educators Richard Chait and Zachary First | Harvard Magazine Nov-Dec 2011

Private colleges maintain value, say educators Richard Chait and Zachary First | Harvard Magazine Nov-Dec 2011 | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it

Interesting and worth a re-read; Two scholars of higher education buck the negative tide.


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We must maintain our two-pronged assault on social immobility

We must maintain our two-pronged assault on social immobility | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it

"Sir Martin Harris, Offa's outgoing director, argues that widening participation and fair access remain key to the sector's progress."

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What matters is what works

What matters is what works | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it

Letter from Richard Jarman responding to David Palfreyman's assessment of the new Which? guide for students

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Social enterprise should be made central to higher education strategy

Social enterprise should be made central to higher education strategy | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
There is no point in developing student social entrepreneurs if we don't also develop a thriving social enterprise sector for them to work in, says Simon Denny...
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Itasca's killer app could transform higher ed

Itasca's killer app could transform higher ed | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it

Hidden inside the Itasca Project's latest report is the germ of an idea that could become the killer app that ultimately transforms higher education.

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Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment

Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
Links to Web and other Internet resources for outcomes assessment at colleges and universities...

 


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Post-1992s give sector an object lesson in instruction

"But HEA awards also point to rising focus on good teaching at older universities. Jack Grove reports."

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QAA logo available to universities as quality mark

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education has launched a quality mark to assure students about standards in higher education.

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University students demand a 'real relationship' with tutors

University students demand a 'real relationship' with tutors | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
The NUS says some university teaching is just not rigorous enough, and calls for more seminars...
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No logo

"Yesterday QAA announced it would be lending its previously protected logo to higher education institutions with a ‘confidence’ judgement, or those that had sufficiently changed their practices in response to a ‘limited confidence’ judgement." 

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Young people are going to bad universities to study subjects no employers want. This tragedy is our fault – Telegraph Blogs

Young people are going to bad universities to study subjects no employers want. This tragedy is our fault – Telegraph Blogs | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
Surprised to hear that more than 20,000 graduates from the year of 2011 were still unemployed six months after they graduated? We shouldn't be.
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Sector responds to Hefce consultation over risk-based quality assurance

"An institution receiving "significant" bad press or a petition signed by around a third of its student body should be visited by quality inspectors, the University Alliance mission group has suggested.

 

Meanwhile, the Russell Group has argued that universities with a proven track record of passing quality reviews should be reviewed only once a decade.

 

These are among the official submissions to a Higher Education Funding Council for England consultation that canvassed the sector on plans for a risk-based quality assurance system."

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No let-up in overseas oversight for private colleges

No let-up in overseas oversight for private colleges | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it

"The Home Office has confirmed it will continue with the system of “educational oversight”, which requires private higher education colleges to pass inspections carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency."

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London 2012: what UK higher education can learn from the Olympics

London 2012: what UK higher education can learn from the Olympics | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
Keith Burnett: UK higher education should take inspiration from the Olympics and remain committed to international exchange...

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Professor Craig Mahoney on learning and teaching for higher education today

Professor Craig Mahoney on learning and teaching for higher education today | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
In the first of a new series, the HEA chief executive talks through the key development priorities for HEIs and the sector at large...
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