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Strengthening the quality assurance of UK transnational education. A joint consultation between The Quality Assurance Agency and The UK Higher Education International Unit. Definition of transnational education (TNE) . UK TNE provision includes: overseas branches overseas partnerships

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strengthening the quality assurance of uk transnational education

Strengthening the quality assurance of UK transnational education

A joint consultation between

The Quality Assurance Agency

and

The UK Higher Education International Unit

definition of transnational education tne
Definition of transnational education (TNE)
  • UK TNE provision includes:
    • overseas branches
    • overseas partnerships
    • overseas distance learning (may involve in-country support centre)
what is needed to strengthen the quality assurance of uk tne
What is needed to strengthen the quality assurance of UK TNE?
  • QAA and the Higher Education International Unit will consult the sector on what is needed to strengthen the quality assurance of TNE.
  • The consultation will propose a significantly strengthened risk-based element to focus resource and attention where most needed.
  • The consultation will propose possible models and mechanisms to demonstrate the commitment of individual UK TNE providers to:
    • high quality provision
    • protection of the UK sector’s high reputation.

(International Education: Global Growth and Prosperity: page 46, paragraph 3.20)

objectives and risk
Objectives and risk

Risks associated with TNE provision

  • Quality and standards: TNE provision may not meet the expectations required of such provision in the UK
  • Reputational damage: poor standards and/or quality of one provider can reflect adversely on other UK providers

Risks related to perception of TNE

  • Visibility of UK regulation
  • Misconceptions about UK systems

Objectives for TNE quality assurance

  • Provide public assurance on the quality and standards of UK TNE programmes
  • Protect the interests of students studying on UK TNE programmes
  • Secure and enhance the reputation of UK higher education qualifications offered in other countries
  • Respond rapidly to issues that may put at risk the academic standards of UK TNE programmes
  • Promote enhancement of the quality of UK TNE provision
  • Monitor developments in TNE provision and maintain a record of UK activity for quality assurance planning purposes.
tne building blocks
TNE building blocks
  • Information base (page 10)
  • Initial analysis of risk (page 12)
  • Detailed analysis of risk (page 14)
  • Review visits (page 17)
  • Reviewers and review teams (page 18)
  • Review outcomes (page 19)
  • Review outputs (page 21)
  • Links with institutional review processes (page 21)
  • Resource implications (page 23)
  • Funding principles (page 24)
tne quality assurance process part one
TNE quality assurance process: part one

Figure 7(part 1)

Building blocks

  • Review information base
  • Apply risk parameters
  • Plan and publish TNE review programme
  • Detailed desk-based analysis of selected TNE provision
tne quality assurance process part two
TNE quality assurance process: part two

Figure 7 (part 2)

Building blocks

  • Information from institutions
  • Further risk parameters
  • Review visits: UK or overseas
  • Reviewers and review teams
  • Review outcomes
  • Review outputs
  • Links with institutional review processes

Risks: academic standards and quality; reputational damage; visibility of UK regulation; misconceptions about UK systems.

Review outputs: individual review reports; case studies; update on previous country review; overview report; annual report.

building block options
Building block options
  • Full spectrum of review visits?
    • none; UK; overseas; both
  • Right balance in review teams?
    • specialist expertise; student reviewer; international reviewer
  • Involvement of overseas agencies?
  • Review outcomes?
    • judgements and badge
  • Review outputs?
    • range of reports

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review outputs
Review outputs
  • Range of reports
    • individual review reports
    • case studies
    • update on previous review
    • country overview report
  • ‘The only example of data gathering of overseas provision collected in a systematic way was found to be the country reviews conducted by the UK’s QAA.’
  • ‘The UK’s QAA approach to auditing the exports of UK providers is a good practice.’

Delivering Education Across Borders in the European Union (European Commission: July 2013)

+ TNE annual report

responding to the consultation
Responding to the consultation
  • Consultation is available at:

www.surveymonkey.com/s/tne_consultation

  • Single institutional or organisational response from nominated respondent
  • Individual responses welcomed, but must be marked as individual
  • Questions compulsory with comments optional - word limits apply
  • Questions must be completed online in one sitting!
    • we recommend you to prepare comments offline, then copy them into the boxes when you are ready to complete the whole survey
  • Consultation closes on 10 March 2014
  • QAA publishes overview of the planned TNE process by 31 May 2014
strengthening the quality assurance of uk tne

Strengthening the quality assurance of UK TNE

www.surveymonkey.com/s/tne_consultation

Please study the consultation document and let us know your views

www.qaa.ac.ukwww.international.ac.uk

Registered charity numbers 1062746 and SC037786

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