Benchmarking Australian Enabling Programs for a National Framework of Standards. A Practice Report

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Davis, Charmaine, Cook, Chris, Syme, Suzi, Dempster, Sarah, Duffy, Lisa, Hattam, Sarah, Lambrinidis, George, Lawson, Kathy and Levy, Stuart. 2023. "Benchmarking Australian Enabling Programs for a National Framework of Standards. A Practice Report." 8th Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success Conference (STARS 2023). Brisbane, Australia 03 - 05 Jul 2023 Australia. Queensland University of Technology. https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.2841
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Benchmarking Australian Enabling Programs for a National Framework of Standards. A Practice Report

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsDavis, Charmaine, Cook, Chris, Syme, Suzi, Dempster, Sarah, Duffy, Lisa, Hattam, Sarah, Lambrinidis, George, Lawson, Kathy and Levy, Stuart
Journal or Proceedings TitleStudent Success
Journal Citation14 (2), pp. 41-49
Number of Pages9
Year2023
PublisherQueensland University of Technology
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1838-2959
2205-0795
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.2841
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://studentsuccessjournal.org/article/view/2841/1385
Web Address (URL) of Conference Proceedingshttps://studentsuccessjournal.org/issue/view/128
Conference/Event8th Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success Conference (STARS 2023)
Event Details
8th Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success Conference (STARS 2023)
Parent
Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success (STARS) Conference
Delivery
In person
Event Date
03 to end of 05 Jul 2023
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Event Venue
Sofitel
Abstract

Enabling education programs in Australia assist students, who would otherwise have been excluded from higher education, to transition into undergraduate study. These programs emerged independently in response to the needs of individual universities and the varying cohorts of students they serve. The exclusion of these programs from the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) has meant they remain unregulated, with no national framework for standards. The development of academic standards is a dynamic, consensus driven process, and benchmarking provides a method through which academics from across institutions can work in partnership to reach shared understandings and improve and align practices. This practice report outlines the results of the first comprehensive cross-institutional benchmarking project involving nine Australian universities and demonstrates there is shared understanding of the standards of enabling programs between institutions. These findings will contribute to the establishment of national standards for enabling programs in Australia.

KeywordsEnabling education; pathways; widening participation; equity
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390402. Education assessment and evaluation
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Southern Queensland
Central Queensland University
Southern Cross University
University of Tasmania
Edith Cowan University
University of South Australia
Charles Darwin University
Curtin University
Federation University
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