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1 Higher Education Standards Panel Information Session – Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine Victoria Ballroom, Level 5 Wednesday, May 14, :30 pmRegistration 1:00 pmWelcome and introduction to HES Panel: Lindsay Heywood, Panel Executive Background to the Panels review of HES Framework: Alan Robson, Chair Key features of the proposed HES Framework 2:00 pmAfternoon tea break 2:30 pmOpen question and answer session: HES Panel 4:00 pmClose

2 2 HIGHER EDUCATION STANDARDS PANEL Emeritus Professor Alan Robson AO CitWA (Chair) Adjunct and Honorary Staff (Earth and Environment), The University of Western Australia Professor Richard James Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Student Engagement), The University of Melbourne Professor Joanne Wright Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), The University of Queensland Emeritus Professor David Siddle Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Queensland Ms Adrienne Nieuwenhuis Principal Policy Advisor, Chancellery, University of South Australia

3 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel 3 Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework Alan Robson Chair - Higher Education Standards Panel

4 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Where did we start? 4

5 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel 5 Higher Education Standards Framework Threshold Standards Non-Threshold Standards Regulation by TEQSA - Not written - Not for Regulation Now Start Afresh …

6 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Some significant challenges? 6

7 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Some Key Challenges for the Panel 7 Defining a robust provider as an organisation (such as governance, finances etc) – relatively easy to reach agreement, but dont want to prescribe how to manage Specifying sound provision of HE – harder to articulate, very complex setting, more diverse views, dont wish to over specify or stifle diversity and innovation

8 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Some Key Challenges for the Panel 8 Appropriate academic/learning outcomes – all agree this is important – hard to articulate, consensus much more difficult Outcomes vs input/process – desirable, cant always do Standards owned by and helpful to providers – but still suitable for regulation

9 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Some Key Challenges for the Panel 9 Taking account of the broader policy agenda including ESOS, AQF, HESA, deregulation … Acknowledging the Objects and Principles of Regulation of the TEQSA Act – including not increasing regulatory burden Specifying the application of the Standards for regulatory purposes – new ground

10 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel What is proposed? 10

11 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel 11 Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework Part A Standards for Higher Education Part B Criteria for Higher Education Providers Part C Application of HESF for Regulatory Purposes Part D Definitions and Explanation of Terms

12 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Part A: Standards for Higher Education 12 Create a single set of standards for HE Replace (most of) Threshold Standards Simplify form and style Eliminate repetition and overlap Incorporate teaching, learning, research and information explicitly Recognise the objects and principles of the Act Harmonise if practicable e.g. ESOS Code Intent

13 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Proposed Content – 7 Domains 13 Part A: Standards for Higher Education 1. Student Participation & Attainment 2. Learning Environment 3. Teaching 4. Research & Research Training 5. Quality Assurance 6. Governance 7. Representation, Information & Information Management

14 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Part A: Standards for Higher Education 14 Structured on the provision and outcomes of HE Inform internal monitoring and regulation Minimum set – not low Apply to all providers Anticipate peer review where warranted No barriers to diversity and innovation Student focus – informed decision making Outcomes vs process/input if practicable Principles

15 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Part B 15

16 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel 16 Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework Part A Standards for Higher Education Part B Criteria for Higher Education Providers Part C Application of HESF for Regulatory Purposes Part D Definitions and Explanation of Terms

17 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Part B: Criteria for Higher Education Providers 17 Separates certain characteristics of providers from the quality of education they provide Encompasses: - eligibility to apply for registration - self accrediting authority - provider classification (categories) Intent New Similar Not Yet

18 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Part B: Criteria for Higher Education Providers 18 Criteria reflect characteristics of providers, not the education they provide Standards for HE apply irrespective of type of provider For SAA use reference to Standards rather than invoke standards-like criteria where practicable Defer substantive revisions to category standards for the time being. Principles

19 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Part C 19

20 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel 20 Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework Part A Standards for Higher Education Part B Criteria for Higher Education Providers Part C Application of HESF for Regulatory Purposes Part D Definitions and Explanation of Terms

21 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Part C: Application for Regulatory Purposes 21 Replace specific regulatory intent inherent in structure of Threshold Standards Reduce current overlap Specify application for particular regulatory purposes: - registration - course accreditation Take account of regulatory principles of Act Intent

22 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel 22 Table C3:Accreditation of a Course of Study for a Registered Higher Education Provider

23 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Part C: Application for Regulatory Purposes 23 Specification of a sub-set of Standards for particular purposes is helpful to providers and necessary for the regulator Regulatory application should reflect the objects and principles of regulation in the Act Nothing should preclude flexible application of the Standards for regulatory purposes according to particular circumstances Regulatory harmonisation is desirable Principles Will require some legislative amendments

24 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Part D 24

25 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel 25 Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework Part A Standards for Higher Education Part B Criteria for Higher Education Providers Part C Application of HESF for Regulatory Purposes Part D Definitions and Explanation of Terms

26 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Part D: Definitions and Explanations of Terms 26 Intent is largely self evident: - Define terms in context - Define and elaborate detail of terms used in Standards* - Explain terms and concepts Intent

27 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Particular Issues 27

28 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Standards based on the characteristics of HE 28 Enhanced focus on students Culturally cognate with HE Standards addressed in ordinary business Evidence gathered as part of normal activities Useful for internal monitoring and review Ownership of Standards encouraged

29 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Value to students (prospective and enrolled): 29 Student focus – Panel hopes students will wish to engage with the Framework, particularly Part A Standards for HE focus on: - What can be expected from registered providers - Addressing significant risks to student success - Enabling and supporting informed decision making and participation - Responsible representation by providers

30 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel General regulatory application of Framework: 30 Specification for specific regulatory purposes is necessary to replace current regulatory structure of Threshold Standards e.g. course accreditation standards Desirable to circumscribe those regulatory purposes Requested by sector Proposed approach focuses on the intent of the regulatory principles of the Act Act requires all Standards to be met – the regulator can draw on other Standards if necessary e.g. for a compliance audit (S 59). - Unusual circumstances, according to specific risk(s)

31 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel AQF 31 Three approaches: 1.Mandatory consistency of AQF qualifications with the level classification of the AQF 2.Incorporation of relevant policy intent of the AQF into the HE Standards 3.AQF as a reference point in some Standards

32 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel ESOS National Code 32 Four approaches: 1.In general HE Standards should apply to all students wherever practicable 2.Seek to harmonise Standards and the education-related content of the Code – no conflict 3.Not include immigration-related intent of Code 4.List Code as a reference point for all providers

33 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Different character of Standards for HE: 33 Student Participation and Attainment Certified Qualification Admission Learning Environment Academic Activities Governance Quality Assurance Information and Representation Students Educational Experiences and Expectations Providers Actions – detailed and specific Internal Monitoring and Accountability - overarching Public face – informed decision making

34 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Minister Final Draft Standards Panel Consults Sector and other Stakeholders Legislative Instruments Consultation on Panels Draft Standards Timing ? Two-Part Process ?2015? Transitional Arrangements

35 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Next Steps 35

36 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel 36 1.Formal call for comment period continues to June 27 2.Concurrent consultation with representative bodies 3.Submissions analysed and response published – August 4.Further forums depending on feedback received 5.Iterative consultation if needed 6.Final drafts prepared for Minister 7.Ministerial consultations Transitional arrangements planned 2015

37 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel Different character of Standards for HE: 37 Student Participation and Attainment Certified Qualification Admission Learning Environment Academic Activities Governance Quality Assurance Information and Representation

38 _____________________________________________________________________ Information Session – Melbourne 14 May 2014 © Higher Education Standards Panel 38 Website: DISCUSSION


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