Survival in the academy: Policy challenges for maintaining academic standards in higher education

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Title Survival in the academy: Policy challenges for maintaining academic standards in higher education
Author Nulty, Duncan David
Publication Title Positive Futures for higher education; connections, communities and criticality
Editor Francois Smit
Year Published 2011
Place of publication UK
Publisher Society for Research in Higher Education
Abstract This paper derives from research into student assessment policy reforms. These reforms are designed to introduce practices that will allow universities to more effectively demonstrate achievement of appropriate and consistent academic standards. The research has revealed a systemic problem that is common to the Higher Education sector: specifically, that the intersections between student assessment policy and other policies can precipitate behavioural responses from academics that are contrary to the policy intentions. This paper details this problem by describing a range of conflicting pressures experienced by academics, the interactions between these pressures, and the consequential effects for maintaining academic standards. It helps policy makers to appreciate the interactions that exist between policies that, if viewed discretely are functional, but which when viewed as a collective, may create unintended negative consequences. The paper helps to inform more appropriate policy choices and encourages a systems view of policy implementation.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.srhe.ac.uk/conference2011/
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2011. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this conference please refer to the conference’s website or contact the author.
Conference name Positive Futures for higher education; connections, communities and criticality
Location Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales
Date From 2011-12-07
Date To 2011-12-09
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/45461
Date Accessioned 2012-01-16
Date Available 2013-05-22T22:58:49Z
Language en_US
Faculty Griffith Institute for Higher Education
Subject Education Assessment and Evaluation
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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