Is the information that prospective students are getting sufficient to enable them to assess what they are likely to gain from attending a particular higher education institution?
This is one of the questions posed by Professor Graham Gibbs in his new report Implications of 'Dimensions of quality' in a market environment, published today by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), with a foreword by Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science.
The report follows up Professor Gibbs' highly influential 2010 report, Dimensions of quality, also published by the HEA. This research examined which factors, or dimensions of quality, could give a reliable indication of the quality of student learning. It found that the most important consideration is the way that institutions choose to use the resources they have available. Class size, the level of student effort, the teacher who is delivering a course or module, and the quantity and quality of feedback to students can all affect student outcomes, it said.
Professor Gibbs' new report examines how the HE community can apply the dimensions of quality he identified in 2010 to make a real difference to the student experience.
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