12 Mar 2018
MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (12 March) commented on the launch of the subject-level Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) consultation.
Dr Greg Walker, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:
“We welcome this important consultation on a new phase of TEF from 2020. The TEF so far has been more a way of benchmarking institutions according to student satisfaction levels, earnings and employment outcomes than an assessment tool for teaching quality itself. There is a wealth of information already available on the Unistats website for prospective students – the UK is way ahead of most other developed nations in the information we currently provide. Transparency and contextualised information is vital, but valid concerns remain about how oversimplified three-tier rankings can reinforce the stratification of HE providers according to hierarchies of prestige and perception. This is especially the case as we remain without a statistically reliable system of presenting long-term earnings and employment outcomes for students by course.
“We would hope that the TEF from 2020 will avoid these pitfalls - to that end MillionPlus will contribute constructively the view of modern universities into this important consultation. Finally, let’s never forget that students apply to university for a variety of valid reasons: career aspiration and advancement, an education in a subject that captivates them, and participation in a community of learning that will enrich their life and widen their horizons. Each of these motivations should be valued by society and the government.”
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