FE and HE Context 1992 SHEFC - Higher Education 1999 SFEFC - Further Education 2005 single merged Council - SFC SFC budget 2008-09 £1.6 Billion Scotland’s biggest quango 19 HE institutions in Scotland, 43 colleges
SFC Corporate Plan - Vision A more dynamic, entrepreneurial and internationally competitive Scotland, whose people are amongst the most skilled and educated of any of our competitors, and whose colleges and universities are world-class contributors to economic, social and cultural development.
Educational Context Devolution Lifelong learning Smart successful Scotland 50+% participation rate in HE FE delivers ~30% of HE (HNC/D) Scottish credit & qualifications framework Small country, large neighbour
Skills for Scotland (2007) “Sustainable economic growth” “Skills development contributes to economic development from which we believe other benefits flow such as social justice, stronger communities and more engaged citizens.”
Skills strategy - context Not Leitch No global shortage of HE graduates % with HE qualns > % with school qualns SSCs will not approve qualifications Key issues - skills utilisation and productivity
Productivity Organisational culture Individual autonomy/decision-making Management and HR practices Capital investment Risk and enterprise Workforce development “Our firms should be ambitious and demanding users of skills”
FE/HE role in skills strategy Relevant, up to date programmes Core and transferable skills Respond to labour market needs Articulation, recognition of prior learning, credit rating on SCQF, CPD Knowledge transfer to business
SFC activities on skills Institutional employability strategies Knowledge transfer & employer engagement Enterprise Industry sector analysis Supply and demand studies Learner choice and learner engagement ‘On Track’ longitudinal surveys 2004 & 2007
Challenges for the tertiary sector Resources, efficiency, effectiveness Systems and content integration Widening access FE-HE transition Continuous quality improvement A culture of reflective practice Flexible delivery to lifelong learners
A learner-centred approach? What do learners want? Diversity of needs IT and knowledge literacy Just in time, just for me Remote, rural, overseas students Employability skills Creating autonomous learners
Challenges for Libraries What is a library? Where is a library? When is a library? What do libraries contain? Embedding in institutional L&T strategy Diversity of user needs
What will the future be like? “I think there is a world market for about five computers” Thomas J Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943 “No matter what happens, the US Navy is not going to be caught napping” Frank Knox, Secretary of the US Navy, Dec 4 1941 “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist….” Last words of Gen. John B Sedgwick, 1864 (US Civil War)
Future trends Accountability and responsiveness Managerialism and academic culture Demographics and new markets Access and inclusion Differentiation within the sector Globalisation
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