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Quality Entails Access. Michael Cooper European Access Network. Structure: Points of departure Defining access and quality The importance of access Potential incompatibility with quality Examples of good practice Conclusions. Access has a positive effect on quality.

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Quality entails access

Quality Entails Access

Michael Cooper

European Access Network

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Quality entails access

Structure:

  • Points of departure

  • Defining access and quality

  • The importance of access

  • Potential incompatibility with quality

  • Examples of good practice

  • Conclusions

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Quality entails access

Access has a positive effect on quality

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Quality entails access

Access has a positive effect on quality

Access has a negative effect on quality

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Quality entails access

What do we mean by access and

why are we interested in it?

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Quality entails access

What do we mean by access and

why are we interested in it?

- Providing an opportunity for all groups to complete appropriate and relevant higher education

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Quality entails access

  • Why access?

  • There are three arguments:

  • Intellectual – diversity of ideas

  • Moral – the idea of an egalitarian society

  • Pragmatic – good for business

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What do we mean by quality?

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What do we mean by quality?

- Quality is always relative to something.

Students, staff, curricula, institutions are always measured against a norm.

Thus quality involves standards, either perceived or imagined. Sometimes it is simply in the eye of the beholder.

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Access v quality

Why do some claim that the two are incompatible?

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Quality entails access

Access v quality

Why do some claim that the two are incompatible?

- Access means alternative admission requirements, lower standards, more academic support, longer study periods

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  • Result:

  • - Perception of an erosion of quality

  • - Reputation suffers

  • Ranking level drops

  • Institution attracts fewer students

  • Institution loses income

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  • Is this true?

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Quality entails access

  • Is this true?

  • - Quality becomes ranking

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Quality entails access

  • Is this true?

  • Quality becomes ranking

  • Reputation becomes a stand-in for excellence

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Quality entails access

  • Is this true?

  • Quality becomes ranking

  • Reputation becomes a stand-in for excellence

  • The ranking system becomes the standard

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  • Two false assumptions:

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Quality entails access

  • Two false assumptions:

  • - There is no distinction between entry quality and exit quality

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Quality entails access

  • Two false assumptions:

  • There is no distinction between entry quality and exit quality

  • - One ranking system fits all.

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U-Multirank: Multi-dimensional Global ranking of Universities;a feasibility project

http://www.u-multirank.eu/

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Access

In, through and out

Some examples of good practice

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In – Outreach activities (1)

A question of attitude – also of language

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  • In – Outreach activities (2)

  • Primary School Children:

  • University of Liverpool, UK – Professor Fluffy (www.liv.ac.uk/educational-opportunities)

  • European Children’s University Network (http://eucu.net)

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  • In – Outreach activities (3)

  • Primary School Children:

  • Student mentoring – Nightingale Project at Malmö University, Sweden

  • (www.mah.se/naktergalen)

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In – Outreach activities (4)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

One example of many – Open University of the Netherlands

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  • In – Outreach activities (5)

  • Targeting specific groups

  • Providing Educational Opportunities for

  • New Communities – Glyndŵr University, Wales (www.glyndwr.ac.uk)

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Through – Retention (1)

It is not enough merely to admit the students into the institution

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  • Through – Retention (2)

  • Curriculum – Content and Structure

  • Bridging and foundation programmes

  • - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (www.vu.nl)

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  • Through – Retention (3)

  • Curriculum – Content and Structure

  • Practice-based learning – University of South Australia (www.unisa.edu.au)

  • WACE – World Association for Cooperative Education (www.waceinc.org)

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  • Through – Retention (4)

  • Support Services

  • Language and communication training – Oslo University College (www.hio.no)

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  • Through – Retention (5)

  • Staff training

  • Preparing academics to meet different types of students – Technische Universität Berlin (www.tu-berlin.de/zek)

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Out - Employability (1)

Employability depends on what you know

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Out - Employability (2)

Employability depends on what you know

but also on who you are

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Out - Employability (3)

Partnerships and work placements as a pathway to employment – Södertörn University, Stockholm (http://webappl.web.sh.se/)

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What does this really mean?

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It means working in various ways to:

- Develop and maintain a proactive approach to the community

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Quality entails access

  • It means working in various ways to:

  • Develop and maintain a proactive approach to the community

  • - Change the culture of the campus and university

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Quality entails access

  • It means working in various ways to:

  • Develop and maintain a proactive approach to the community

  • - Change the culture of the campus and university

  • - Provide academic and social services adapted the needs of the students

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Quality entails access

  • It means working in various ways to:

  • Develop and maintain a proactive approach to the community

  • - Change the culture of the campus and university

  • Provide academic and social services adapted the needs of the students

  • - Provide students with the guidance needed to access the labour market

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In other words, we need to change the mission of the university to incorporate a social dimension in everything it does in recruitment, teaching, student support, research, cooperation with the community, career guidance etc

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And the hindrances to achieving this:

- Attitudes in:

- Politicians

- Academics

- The community

- The market

- Lack of resources

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Higher education is a public good of value to the community, the individual and the educational institution.

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For further information:

www.ean-edu.org

[email protected]

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Thank You

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