AHELO – Feasibility Study for the International Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes

EURASHE is in the Stakeholders’ Consultative Group the AHELO project on a Feasibility Study for the International Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes.

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The OECD is carrying out a Feasibility Study for the Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this Feasibility Study is to see if it is practically and scientifically feasible to assess what students in higher education know and can do upon graduation.

More than a ranking, the AHELO assessment aims to be direct evaluation of student performance at the global level and valid across diverse cultures, languages and different types of institutions.

A full scale AHELO would be a ‘low stakes’ voluntary international comparative assessment designed to provide higher education institutions with feedback on the learning outcomes of their students and which they can use to foster improvement in student learning outcomes.

Following are EURASHE news items related to the project:

  • EASPA Conference “Subject-based external QA: its contribution to quality development and mobility” 12/2/2013 - On Tuesday 21 May 2013, our colleagues of ASIIN e.V. and the European Alliance for Subject-Specific and Professional Accreditation and Quality Assurance (EASPA) are organising their first EASPA Annual Conference... Read more
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    Following are the members of the Stakeholders’ Consultative Group of the project:

  • American Council on Education (ACE) - ACE is the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association. We represent the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities,... Read more
  • Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) - The Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) was founded in 2003 with the purpose of serving the needs of quality assurance agencies in higher education in a region that contains over half... Read more
  • Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC) - The Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC) is a European cultural and educational network, which was established in 1953 (see AEC History). It represents the interests... Read more
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) - AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education... Read more
  • Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC) - The Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD was formed in 1962 to enable business and industry to have an official input into OECD policy making through an independent... Read more
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - Established in 1956 as a Portuguese foundation for the whole of humanity, the Foundation’s original purpose focused on fostering knowledge and raising the quality of life of persons throughout the... Read more
  • Coimbra Group - Founded in 1985 and formally constituted by Charter in 1987, the Coimbra Group is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard. The Coimbra Group is committed... Read more
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) - The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is a United States organization of degree-granting colleges and universities. It identifies its purpose as providing national advocacy for self-regulation of academic quality through... Read more
  • Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-Based Industries (CEEMET) - Set up in 1962, CEEMET is the European employers’ organisation representing the interests of the metal, engineering and technology-based industries with a particular focus on labour market policy and industrial relations... Read more
  • Education International (EI) - Education International represents organisations of teachers and other education employees across the globe. It is the world’s largest federation of unions, representing thirty million education employees in about four hundred organisations... Read more
  • European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) - The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) is a voluntary association of European quality assurance agencies and currently comprises 40 members and 49 affiliates. Its aim is... Read more
  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) - EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences... Read more
  • European Economic Association (EEA) - The European Economic Association (EEA) is an international scientific body, with membership open to all persons involved or interested in economics. Individual membership of the EEA includes access  to the Journal... Read more
  • European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) - SEFI is an international non-profit organisation (a so-called “aisbl”) established in 1973 in accordance with the Belgian Law.It was founded by 21 European Universities (Hogere Technische School Breda (NL), Imperial... Read more
  • European Students’ Union (ESU) - The European Students’ Union (ESU) is an umbrella organisation of 47 National Unions of Students from 39 countries. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social,... Read more
  • European University Association (EUA) - The European University Association (EUA) has over 850 members across 47 countries, making it the largest and most comprehensive organisation representing universities and national university associations in Europe. As the... Read more
  • International Association of Universities (IAU) - IAU, founded in 1950, is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It brings together institutions and organisations from some 120 countries for reflection and action on common concerns... Read more
  • International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) - The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) was established in 1991 with only 8 members. Today the total membership exceeds 250 members. Higher education has dramatically... Read more
  • Lumina Foundation - Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses... Read more
  • Riksbankens Jubileumsfond - Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) is an independent foundation with the goal of promoting and supporting research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 1962, the Riksdag approved a donation from Riksbanken... Read more
  • The Higher Education Authority (HEA) - The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland.Welcome to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) website. The role of the... Read more
  • The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) - HEFCE distributes public money for higher education to universities and colleges in England, and ensures that this money is used to deliver the greatest benefit to students and the wider... Read more
  • The Spencer Foundation - The Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer. The Foundation received its major endowment upon Spencer’s death in 1968 and began formal grant making in 1971. Since that... Read more
  • Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) - The Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD is an interface for trade unions with the OECD. It is an international trade union organisation which has consultative status with... Read more
  • Union of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL) - UDUAL aims are to play a major role as the main articulator of the different national associations and regional university networks; to promote cooperation, mobility, research and the recognition of... Read more
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    Following are some of the experts involved in the project:

  • Stefan Delplace - Stefan Delplace became the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2004, a position he occupied until 2014. He represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group and several of its working and coordination... Read more