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What's the difference? : models for assessing quality and value added in higher education
AUQF2008 : Quality & standards in higher education : making a difference (2008)
  • Hamish Coates, ACER
Abstract
This paper outlines two approaches being piloted by Australian universities in 2008 for assessing the quality and outcomes of higher education. The first approach computes value added estimates by comparing predicted against actual performance using data from entrance tests and routine assessments. In the second, comparisons are made between outcomes from objective assessments that are administered to cohorts in the first and later years of study. Consideration is given to the kinds of instruments and analyses that underpin each approach, and pilot tests that are currently underway at Australian institutions. The approaches offer alternative and complementary means of estimating the value that has been added by university education. They also provide a means of assuring the quality of the routine student assessment processes and results which may be used to underpin quality considerations. The paper concludes that the application of these approaches in Australian universities is important, for it flags innovative ways of thinking about how educational institutions measure and verify the quality of student learning.
Publication Date
July, 2008
Citation Information
Hamish Coates. "What's the difference? : models for assessing quality and value added in higher education" AUQF2008 : Quality & standards in higher education : making a difference (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/hamish_coates/15/