Benchmarking Australian enabling programmes: assuring quality, comparability and transparency

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Syme, Suzi, Davis, Charmaine and Cook, Chris. 2021. "Benchmarking Australian enabling programmes: assuring quality, comparability and transparency." Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 46 (4), pp. 572-585. https://doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2020.1804825
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Benchmarking Australian enabling programmes: assuring quality, comparability and transparency

ERA Journal ID19964
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsSyme, Suzi (Author), Davis, Charmaine (Author) and Cook, Chris (Author)
Journal TitleAssessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Journal Citation46 (4), pp. 572-585
Number of Pages14
Year2021
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0260-2938
1469-297X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2020.1804825
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02602938.2020.1804825
Abstract

Cross institutional benchmarking provides the opportunity to ensure comparability of standards by comparing learning outcomes and assessment practices, and acts as a catalyst for change and improved practice. The comparability of standards is crucial for the transparency and portability of qualifications as well as the assurance of quality student learning outcomes. In Australia there are 48 enabling programmes which provide non-award preparatory study for students who would otherwise be excluded from higher education. Given the diversity of programmes and offerings, this pilot study investigated whether it was possible to establish common learning outcomes and standards across three regional Australian enabling programmes that could set the stage for a national benchmarking framework. Three Australian enabling programmes benchmarked their learning outcomes, curriculum and assessment practices in three subjects: study skills preparation, academic communication and mathematics. The findings clearly indicated that despite differences in offerings and programme structure, there were common learning outcomes and standards, the assessments and assessment practices were comparable and rigorous, and that best practice could be shared and adapted to the benefit of students, staff and institutions.

KeywordsBenchmarking, enabling, bridging, quality, standards
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390199. Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
390303. Higher education
Byline AffiliationsSouthern Cross University
Open Access College
Central Queensland University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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