Report by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) on higher education reform. Key topics include: 'What we put into and get out of the classroom'; 'Experiential education and how we pay for it'; 'Improving student mobility'; and 'Expand and enhance online learning'.
University websites play an important role on the lives of students before they get to the seat of learning and while they spend several crucial years there. But new research from Sitemorse shows many key UK further education establishments score poorly in vital areas – and are perhaps limiting their own prospects as a result.
This short video explains how quality is assured in higher education and the processes undertaken by universities and colleges and The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to ensure quality and standards are maintained. It also lays out the vital role students have in these processes.
"There are few things that excite wonks more than excellent and well-timed policy research. Last week, BIS published its report Understanding Higher Education in Further Education Colleges, written by a dream team of policy researchers..." Interesting blog post which also links through to the main report.
A survey of Japanese university presidents has confirmed what many of us have long known, “the puny amount of hours studied by students and their minimal achievements at university [needs] to be addressed urgently.”
The differences between English and Spanish universities are immense – and that’s excluding the fact it’s all in a different language. Spanish Universities implement the Bologna Higher Education System, a framework developed by the EU to level out the varying types and difficulties of degrees in Europe. Bologna is designed to give students more contact hours with teachers, which inevitably means more modules, and as a consequence more work.
Lots of resources from QAA's Annual Conference are now available on our website, including Anthony McClaran's keynote speech, notes from the seminars that took place, and a podcast in which delegates share their thoughts on a range of quality assurance issues.
This short video sets out what we mean by quality assurance in higher education and the role that The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) plays. It also explains two common terms, quality and standards.
"At first there was much hilarity. When I was named this month among the top 15 “most influential” people in education by The Australian newspaper, the jokes came thick and fast: “You’re only the fourth most influential person in your own household,” said one colleague. “That’s if you don’t include the cat,” added someone a little closer to home.
Appearing in 14th place in the 50-strong list, below Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (in second), but above 33rd-placed Alfred Nobel (recognised for helping put Australian scholarship on the map), did feel bizarrely comical.
Of course, my inclusion in the power list, as editor of a widely-watched global ranking, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, was for a very serious reason."
“Going to university is not the same thing as buying a car.” From any other speaker such a statement might not be provocative; but this was David Willetts, the British minister for higher education, responsible for cutting direct government funding for universities and replacing it with a threefold increase in tuition.
"QS released its second Latin American University Rankings on 13 June 2012. As a contrast to the volatility expected in these exercises, the standing of the top seven Latin American universities remained unchanged between 2011 and 2012. QS attributes this stability to its methodology, in which five out of the seven measures are given equal weight (10%). But the results highlight the gulf that exists between the leading universities and the rest in terms of the quality and robustness of data available for describing and assessing the quality of institutions. This may not be a characteristic of universities per se but rather of the national systems they are part of."
"Inaugurating the AIFUCTO national executive council meeting on the occasion of its golden jubilee celebrations, the minister lamented that even though there were more than 500 universities, including IITs and IIMs, in the country, not a single one figured in the top 200 universities of the world. He called upon the teachers to suggest ways for improving the quality of higher education so that the Indian universities could compete with the best universities in the world. Teachers should not only fight for betterment of their service conditions but also strive for raising the standard of higher education, he emphasized."
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