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Application of HETAC assessment and standards policy, a case study: Griffith College.

Author Fiona O'Riordan and Angela O'Keefe
Abstract In December 2009 HETAC published an Assessments and Standards policy document to be implemented by all providers of Higher Education (HE) by the 2010/2011 academic year. It reflects the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) 'which has become the benchmark for quality assurance in Europe' (HETAC, 2009, p.4). This paper will carry out an in-depth analysis of the policy document. The purpose of the research is to identify the strategy and policy issues most adhered to by lecturers currently and, more importantly, the shortcoming that may exist. Griffith College Dublin (GCD) will be used as a case study. GCD is an ideal environment in which to carry out this research as the range of courses and the diversity in levels being delivered allows for a thorough and varied research domain. The results will also be far reaching in scope allowing for extensive further utilization of findings both in GCD and in other 3rd level institutions. The researchers foresee this as the beginnings of a longitudinal study which with track improvements over the next decade.
Keywords Assessment, assessment for learning, HETAC, policy, learner, assessor
Published In ICEP Proceedings 2010
Date 2010
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