OECD to launch university outcomes benchmark system

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2015 by steve

International“A new project to benchmark the performance of higher education systems is on the cards at the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD, to replace the discredited Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes, or AHELO, project, which failed to gain the backing of key OECD member states to go ahead …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 15 October]

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OECD’s Dirk Van Damme says debate on Ahelo was ‘low quality’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2015 by steve

International“University leaders’ fears over the quality of their institutions is ‘not a valid excuse’ for rejecting new measurements of teaching and learning, according to an education expert at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 2 October]

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OECD’s Ahelo will fail to launch, says education director

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 21st, 2015 by steve

International“The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development believes that its project to measure student learning outcomes around the world – billed as a university equivalent of its Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) tests for schools – could have gone ahead if the UK had signed up …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 21 September]

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World’s university ‘oligopoly’ accused of blocking OECD bid to judge learning quality

Posted in Teaching on August 6th, 2015 by steve

International“Ahelo academic and funder blame research elite for thwarting international graduate tests, but criticisms also levelled at multi-million dollar ‘failure’. Attempts to measure what students learn at different universities around the world are being thwarted by the ‘established oligopoly’ of institutions seeking to ‘prevent new information about education coming to light’, according to an academic who worked on plans for a standardised test …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 6 August]

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AHELO: Universities Behaving Badly

Posted in Teaching on May 21st, 2015 by steve

International“So there’s some excitement being generated this month with respect to the OECD’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO). Roughly speaking, AHELO is the higher education equivalent of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 21 May]

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