Morning, Tuesday, 10th December 2019
The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will examine key issues for the UK degree classification system.
It follows the recent publication of two new measures by the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA):
- The introduction of Degree Outcomes Statements whereby each HE provider must set out the steps they are taking to protect the value of the qualifications that are being offered; and
- A common set of degree classification descriptions setting out the general criteria students should meet to reach each classification level for a bachelor’s degree.
Areas for discussion include:
- Implementation of the actions outlined in the statement of intent;
- Reviewing assessment and classification criteria across the sector, and transparency on the algorithms involved;
- Tackling ‘grade inflation’; and
- The scope for regulation and the possible future role of the Office for Students in regulating degree classification and outcomes.
The agenda includes keynote addresses from: Professor Andrew Wathey, Chair, UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment and Douglas Blackstock, Chief Executive, QAA.
- Key findings from the consultation on academic standards: common degree classification descriptions, Degree Outcome Statements, and external assessment;
- Priorities for delivering the statement of intent;
- Clarifying grade classification boundaries across the HE sector - classification structures, clear and accessible algorithms, and consistency on student assessment;
- Best practice in the review and implementation of fair classifications models; and
- Issues around ‘grade inflation’ - understanding the improvement in degree outcomes, protecting the value of qualifications, and ensuring rising grades match student attainment.