I’ve posted a piece on WonkHE this morning about HEFCE’s proposals for the future of quality assessment in England. I think it’s a mixed bag of good ideas, well meaning but flawed proposals, some contradictions and some very bad ideas. Overall, I think it has failed to produce proposals that would reduce the burden or cost of QA to universities, it merely shuffles the burden around.
One thing that I didn’t have space to comment on in that piece was the importance of student engagement. A great deal has been achieved on this over the past 10 years, not only in sharpening our focus on the student experience and student expectations but also involving students as active participants in quality assurance and enhancement. This is not very prominent in HEFCE’s proposals and could be one of those valuable features that gets thrown out with the bathwater.