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Lily Busher iau policy brief presentation


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Lily Busher iau policy brief presentation

  1. 1. Equitable Access, Success and Quality in Higher Education: A Policy Statement by the International Association of Universities
  2. 2. General Goals • Goal 1: Aid and educate countries with low rates of participation in higher education to expand access. • Goal 2: Aid countries with significant levels of participation in higher education to broaden access to higher education.
  3. 3. Basic Principles and Recommendations • Equal access for all to higher education • Increased quality in higher education • Centering students’ full potential in admission criteria, education strategies and policies • Developing national and institutional policies to remove barriers to higher education • Improving linkages between all educational institutions within and between nations • Promoting flexible academic programs • Developing a new assessment in which institutions are evaluated according to their specific mission and goals • Encouraging student mobility • Creating policies that are sensitive to local conditions and not borrowed from other countries
  4. 4. Specific Recommendations Higher Education: Student Centered Learning and Pedagogical Training Governments: Invest in entire education system holistically
  5. 5. Key Influences • IAU’s Organizational Beliefs • linking and offering its members quality services, and representing their interests • equitable access and successful participation in higher education • UNESCO World Conference in Higher Education in 2009 • World Bank funded IAU pilot project on new assessment tools • OECD’s AHELO Assessment Tool
  6. 6. Positives • The policy fits the goals of IAU and its HEI partners and is compatible with the Millennium Development Goals and the missions of UNESCO and the World Bank. • The main IAU policy research contributors are represented by all but one region of IAU’s member countries. • It has been signed and endorsed by many universities and the IAU has moved on to a new Work Plan for 2013-2016. 3 2 1
  7. 7. Negatives • The policy’s broadness hinders its goal of “urgent implementation.” • The policy is largely preaching to the choir. • Affiliate members will not be able to implement the recommendations without outside funding.
  8. 8. Strengths • Non-political language • Indicates a relevant need (access and quality in Higher Education) • Sets overall principles as well as recommendations for HEIs and Governments • Encourages adoption and implementation of principles and recommendations Weaknesses • No specific goals are outlined • No data is given to support recommendations • When there is a more concrete goal, no examples for implementation are given or discussed • No references are given for previous programs that could support this policy from other organizations Opportunities • Allows flexibility for HEIs and governments to develop policies specific to their institution and country • Access and Success in Higher Education are addressable needs • Presents new possibilities for improving the quality of Higher Education • Provides a forum for HEIs and Governments to collaborate Threats • Lack of specificity makes principles and recommendations easy to ignore • While the need for funding is stressed to governments, no concrete amounts or goals are given • Emphasis on linkages and information sharing removes the burden of implementation from any one stakeholder – No one is held accountable • Because not many low income institutions are IAU full members, they will not be able to implement the recommendations to due lack of funding
  9. 9. Any Questions?