The most interesting comment is the reference to ensuring a rich IT infrastructure can help to provide a collaborative and quality provision in these tough times. Hurrah for e-learning?
Recently Peter Mandleson released the Higher Ambitions framework . As it states
"The higher education blueprint, Higher Ambitions, sets out a course for how universities can remain world class, providing the nation with the high level skills needed to remain competitive, while continuing to attract the brightest students and researchers."
The QAA has added its support by stating
"The framework challenges QAA to develop further its work in three key areas: the student experience of higher education; public assurance of quality and standards; and robust arrangements for dealing with complaints."
- ‘Aiming Higher’: Read the digested report on the Edexcel policy Watch site
- And a recent comment by Peter Mandelson refers to the new policies as a cohesive "single higher skills system"
- All looks rosy? Not so, says the new LSC chief. He warns of a rough ride ahead:
"In my view, before very long, the cost effectiveness bar will rise so that only colleges with strong leadership and management will thrive. The incentive for those that do will be more autonomy - for those that do not, we will act decisively to encourage better performance and if necessary, to insist on new governance and management."
Tho' not all of academia share Lord Mandelson's views! recent letters by highly regarded academics to the Guardian, responding to the new framework, are less than complimentary.
This is my favourite:
"In my experience, the two main obstacles to good teaching are bureaucracy and research. Maybe the government should require universities to release figures of how much time their staff spend filling forms, attending meetings, compiling reports and responding to initiatives. As for research, the situation is quite simple. Since the inception of the research assessment exercise, the majority of academics in the UK are obsessed with publications on which academic careers are built at the expense of teaching. There has been a proliferation of academic journals making profits for publishers on the back of "free" academic time. A large part of this published work goes entirely unread and unnoticed. If the government wants to enhance the quality of teaching in universities, there is a simple way: scrap the research assessment exercise."
Professor Yiannis Gabriel
School of management, University of Bath
my opinion>>> Is it not time we spent some money on conducting a series meta analysis of the vast swathes of research done so far?