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Higher Education Learning Outcomes Assessment

International Perspectives

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Edited By Hamish Coates

This book provides higher education teachers, leaders and policymakers with insights from research on assessing students’ learning outcomes. The book is founded in research, shaped by policy, and designed to be of enduring relevance to practice. Framed by a cycle of continuous quality improvement, it begins by discussing policy contexts and research concepts. Experts discuss institutional, disciplinary, national and international case studies. Perspectives are advanced for reviewing the relevance and feasibility of assessment initiatives. The book explores what stakeholders have done to convert work on learning outcomes into improvements in education.
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Impact of assessment initiatives on quality assurance

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Abstract: External quality assurance has played a key role in higher education policy since the 1980s. This chapter discusses whether there is a closer integration of external quality assurance with learning outcomes, mediated through various qualification frameworks. It examines implications of this potential integration might be for both quality enhancement and for accountability. The chapter begins by advancing conceptual ways in which external quality assurance and learning outcomes could be linked. It describes ways in which external quality assurance and learning outcomes could be coupled, looking at case study systems of Europe, the United States and Australia. The chapter concludes by reflecting on improvement and accountability implications arising from emerging couplings, and on how external quality assurance and learning outcomes can be linked.

Keywords: external quality assurance; qualification frameworks; measurement challenges; integrating quality frameworks

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