Benchmarking Australian enabling programmes: assuring quality, comparability and transparency

Syme, Suzi and Davis, Charmaine ORCID: and Cook, Chris (2021) Benchmarking Australian enabling programmes: assuring quality, comparability and transparency. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 46:4. pp. 572-585. ISSN 0260-2938


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2020 04:03
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 23:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: Benchmarking, enabling, bridging, quality, standards
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390199 Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
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