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Author Anderson, Don, 1926-

Title Quality assurance and accreditation in Australian higher education : an assessment of Australian and international practice / Don Anderson, Richard Johnson, Bruce Milligan
Published Canberra : AusInfo, 2000


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 W'PONDS  379.158 And/Qaa  AVAILABLE
Description xi,108 pages ; 25 cm
Series EIP ; 00/1
Evaluations and Investigations Program report ; 00/1
Contents 1. Introduction -- 1.1 The questions -- 1.2 Background and context -- 2. Determining quality -- 2.1 Standards -- 2.2 Inputs, processes and outcomes -- 2.3 What gets measured? -- 2.4 Standards and the aims of university education -- 3. Previous studies -- 4. Recent and current quality assurance arrangements in Australia -- 4.1 Introduction -- 4.2 System level -- 4.3 Institutional level -- 5. Quality of graduates -- 5.1 Skills sought by employers of graduates -- 5.2 Desirable attributes of graduates -- 5.3 The Australian qualifications framework -- 6. The options -- 6.1 Refinement of the current model -- 6.2 The New Zealand model -- 6.3 The UK model -- 6.4 The vocational education and training model in Australia -- 6.5 Accreditation in the United States -- 6.6 Quality assurance in Sweden -- 7. A modern Australian model -- 7.1 Self-assessment and audit -- 7.2 Accreditation -- 7.3 An agency for higher education accreditation and quality -- 7.4 Outcomes and standards -- 8. Evaluation of the models against the brief's criteria -- 8.1 Additional criteria applying to MAM
Summary Australian universities are all self-accrediting. In the absence of a system of external examiners or an independent quality assurance authority, how can anyone know how good the degrees are? New Zealand, Britain and the USA have agencies of different kinds which examine the quality assurance processes of their universities and the quality of students' work. Professional bodies in such fields as medicine and engineering assess the curriculum and standards in their fields and accredit professional schools and faculties. In the face of increasing international competition, can Australia continue with its present system unchanged? This study proposes a Modern Australian Model which builds on the self-examination processes now common in Australian universities. It proposes a national agency which shall be minimally intrusive within universities but which is still able to proclaim to the world that Australian degrees are of a good standard, carefully scrutinised. The agency will also be able to represent Australia in discussions which are beginning to take place on international accreditation
Analysis Electronic resource
Higher education
Notes "DETYA no. 6473 HERCOOA"
Evaluations and Investigations Programme, Higher Education Division, Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 107-108)
Notes Also available on the Internet at:
Commonwealth of Australia 2000
Subject Education, Higher -- Australia -- Evaluation.
Quality assurance.
Quality assurance -- Australia.
Universities and colleges -- Accreditation -- Australia.
Author Johnson, Richard, 1929-
Milligan, Bruce.
Australia. Department of Education, Training, and Youth Affairs. Evaluations and Investigations Programme
LC no. 00002173
ISBN 0642239908
0642239916 (online version)