In a bid to ensure that they have a regular and transparent approach to the identification and improvement of potentially low-quality courses, universities across England are developing a charter which could help in achieving the goal.
A Universities UK (UUK) advisory group will be leading the development of the charter. The latter will mainly focus on the following points:
- Demonstrating sector’s efforts to consistency and transparency in processes in order to address low-value courses through the publication of a Statement of Intent agreed by universities.
- Pointing out the best practices where universities identify low-quality courses, such as the use of metrics or taking the quick necessary actions to address the concerns.
Regarding this, Universities UK will be publishing guidance which is set to be respected by universities, Erudera College News reports.
To strengthen their processes as part of the charter that is underway, universities will also consider alternatives for external assurance or independent review.
The President of Universities UK and Chair of the advisory group, Julia Buckingham, said that most of the courses are of high quality, offering also good values for students, yet the advisory group is willing to address the challenges and offer more for students, employers and taxpayers.
“The development of this charter will help universities take consistent and more transparent approaches in tackling low quality or low-value courses,” she said.
According to her, people need to have more confidence when it comes to the quality and value of UK university degrees, and a charter will prove universities’ constant work towards improvement.
A press release issued by the Universities UK, states that universities are dedicated to offering high-quality education and want to increase their impact.
According to the press release, to ensure students are receiving a high-quality education, universities focus on areas in which they have direct control.
“In contrast, assessing whether a course is a high or low value is more challenging. The perception of value will depend on who is making the assessment, be that students, graduates, employers, or the government,” the press release reads.
Despite the fact that the development of the charter will concentrate on England, it will also take into account the UK involvement as a whole, as well as include the engagement with institutions in the United Kingdom.
Earlier, evaluations had predicted that the UK could be facing a huge potential loss of overseas students interested in pursuing studies in the UK, as well as experience a 20 per cent decline in the number of students coming from European Union Member States.
Following this, Universities UK (UUK) has called on the government to take actions and ensure that the UK remains a desirable country for international students.