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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 TNE?

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 TNE?

  • 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 TNE?

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 TNE?

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 TNE?

  • 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 TNE?

  • 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 TNE?

  • 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 TNE?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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