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Enhancement in Higher Education 11 June 2009 Future directions for QAA audit and review Stephen Jackson Director of Reviews, QAA.

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1 Enhancement in Higher Education 11 June 2009 Future directions for QAA audit and review Stephen Jackson Director of Reviews, QAA

2 Background Current audit cycle will be completed by July 2011 IQER programme will finish in July 2012 Institutional audit method last reviewed by QAFRG in Trans-national higher education review An opportunity to consider alternative models New Audit Group discussions

3 Context for development IUSS Select Committee Denham: framework for HE Thematic Enquiries into matters of public concern External examining Contact hours International students HEFCE Teaching Quality and Student Experience sub-committee QAA/UUK/GHE Quality Forum Quality Assurance Framework stakeholders group

4 Quality Assurance Life Cycle

5 Issues for consideration Does audit meet its objectives? – is it effective? Does it cover the right areas and ask the right questions? Does audit promote enhancement? Are collaborative provision and overseas activity adequately covered by existing audit methods? Should there be a single framework for both HEIs and FECs? Should the intensity of review be in proportion to the perceived level of risk? Are review methods sufficiently flexible? Does one size fit all?

6 Assumptions Generally institutions have robust procedures for assuring quality and standards There is little or no evidence of systemic problems QAAs role is to confirm that procedures are working effectively and provide public assurance of standards and quality There is an increasing emphasis on enhancement There is an expectation of progressive lightness of touch (NB recent events may challenge these assumptions)

7 Expectations of audit Accountability for public funding Assurance of standards of awards Confirmation of quality of learning opportunities Provision of public information Dissemination of good practice Promotion of quality enhancement Development of quality cultures

8 Way forward?

9 Alternative models Institutional audit (Mark III) Modular audit Risk-based approach Thematic review External assessor model


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