Employability is a key policy issue in relation to a range of groups within the labour market, including graduates. However, whilst defining employability is reasonably straightforward, there is dynamic debate over how it is framed conceptually and so what provides employability. The following link contextualises employability, please click here
What is the Collegiate Learning Assessment - CLA+
The CLA+ is a performance assessment method of students within a HE environments, this paper summarises the methodology, please click here for the paper.
Book Summary; Academically Adrift
The authors of 'Academically Adrift', Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, have examined the status of higher education in the USA. Their research findings kickstarted a growing international debate about what undergraduate students are learning whilst in HE. The books principal and headline finding was that '45% of these students demonstrated no significant improvement in a range of skills'.
Dr Heike Behle provides a comprehensive summary of the book, please follow this link.
Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes - AHELO
The OECD carried out a feasibility study which aimed to identify if it is feasible to assess what undergraduate students, in HE, 'know' and what they 'can do' upon graduation. The AHELO study will look at outcomes in both 'Generic skills' such as analytical skills, problem solving, critical thinking and written communication) and Discipline-specific skills in economics and engineering.
The ERASMUS Impact Study analyses the effects of student mobility on individual skills enhancement, emplyability and institutional development. It further examines the effects of ERASMUS teaching assignments/staff training on competences, personality traits and attitudes. It also assess's the impact of internationalisation of HEIs.
The U21 Student Exchange
Participation in this programme could provide you with the opportunity to experience new cultures, meet new people, see more of the world - all while enhancing your studies and expanding your horizons. More information and how to apply.
Outward Mobility International Study
The British Council and The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have examined the underlying rationale of different approaches towards encouraging international study. This report provides a picture of 11 countries national strategies relating to promoting outward student mobility and the policy objectives that drive these. Further information
HEFCE's Learning Gain Pilot Projects
HEFCE (The Higher Education Funding Council for England) has previously commissioned independent research into 'Learning Gain', looking at different national and internatonal ways of measurement. As a result of this research HEFCE have invested further funding to support 13 collaborative institutional pilot projects to test and evaluate different ways of measuirng learning gain.