CommitteeFollowing 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.

  1. What issues with quality assessment in Higher Education was HEFCE’s Quality Assurance review seeking to address?
  2. Will the proposed changes to the quality assurance process in universities, as outlined by HEFCE in its consultation, improve quality in Higher Education?
  3. What should be the objectives of a Teaching Excellence Framework (‘TEF’)?
    1. How should a TEF benefit students? Academics? Universities?
    2. What are the institutional behaviours a TEF should drive? How can a system be designed to avoid unintended consequences?
    3. How should the effectiveness of the TEF be judged?
  4. How should the proposed Teaching Excellence Framework and new quality assurance regime fit together?
  5. What do you think will be the main challenges in implementing a Teaching Excellence Framework?
  6. How should the proposed connection between fee level and teaching quality be managed?
    1. What should be the relationship between the Teaching Excellence Framework and fee level?
    2. 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.

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