Alan Harrison — Skills, competencies and credentials: The stairway to heaven?

Longer ago than I care to remember, I went to a presentation given by Norm Wagner, who was at the time the president of the Corporate Higher Education Forum, after 10 years as president of the University of Calgary. Wagner talked about what employers look for when they interview students who had successfully completed undergraduate degrees. It was, he said, skills that prospective employers cared […]

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Harvey P. Weingarten — The evolution of learning outcomes: Now comes the exciting part

I have experienced three phases in the evolution of the learning outcomes concept. Learning outcomes refers to what students should know and be able to do as a result of the education they get in their postsecondary programs.The first phase of the learning outcomes concept was already underway when I started at HEQCO in 2010. At that time, the emphasis was on the articulation of […]

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Harvey P. Weingarten — Measuring Academic Quality: International Perspectives

In my last blog, I argued that the quality of a postsecondary education could be measured by the degree to which it met academic requirements or needs. I also argued that one non-negotiable and essential requirement or need of a postsecondary education is that students receive an education that equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to lead successful personal and professional lives. […]

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Harvey P. Weingarten — What is Academic Quality?

When I started working at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) I asked the obvious question, given the title of the organization: What is quality? I became even more invested in this question when I discovered that the legislation that created HEQCO required us to advise the government on the quality of Ontario’s postsecondary system.So I did what I was trained to do. […]

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HEQCO making progress in skills measurement: It’s EASI.

It isn’t exactly news that skills matter. A centrepiece of Ontario government policy are recommendations from its Highly Skilled Workforce panel that promote the importance of skills in the province’s future economy. The federal finance minister’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth recently recommended the creation of a national, independent agency — the FutureSkills Lab —dedicated to the development and assessment of the skills of Canada’s […]

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