HEA project to initiate national debate on degree classifications

Posted by ap507 at Sep 27, 2013 09:05 AM |
Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess to chair national advisory group
HEA project to initiate national debate on degree classifications

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is to invite higher education providers from across the UK to pilot a ‘Grade Point Average’ (GPA) system that could replace the current honours degree classification.

The HEA has established a national advisory group, chaired by Vice-Chancellor of the University and chair of the HEA Board Professor Sir Robert Burgess, as well as representatives from universities and colleges, to provide expert feedback to the HEA as the project progresses.

The pilot, which will run from November until July 2014, is part of a two-year programme designed to inform a national discussion about assessing and representing students’ academic achievement. The HEA will carry out research into student, institutional and employer perspectives on GPA.

The perceived benefits of a GPA system are that it helps to keep students engaged throughout their degree programme and provides greater international comparability of degree result.

The HEA will also coordinate a wider programme with those institutions not directly involved in the pilot and with other groups, including students and employers, to inform the debate.

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