Following on from yesterday’s announcement that there will be an inquiry into the assessment of quality in Higher Education the BIS Select Committee have today announced a series of questions and topics that they will seek to explore.
- What issues with quality assessment in Higher Education was HEFCE’s Quality Assurance review seeking to address?
- Will the proposed changes to the quality assurance process in universities, as outlined by HEFCE in its consultation, improve quality in Higher Education?
- What should be the objectives of a Teaching Excellence Framework (‘TEF’)?
- How should a TEF benefit students? Academics? Universities?
- What are the institutional behaviours a TEF should drive? How can a system be designed to avoid unintended consequences?
- How should the effectiveness of the TEF be judged?
- How should the proposed Teaching Excellence Framework and new quality assurance regime fit together?
- What do you think will be the main challenges in implementing a Teaching Excellence Framework?
- How should the proposed connection between fee level and teaching quality be managed?
- What should be the relationship between the Teaching Excellence Framework and fee level?
- What are the benefits or risks of this approach to setting fees?
This is a very good set of questions, exactly what should be asked about current developments.
Written submissions are due by 30 October.