EURASHE's study on Level 5: the Missing Link intended to follow-up the situation of Short Cycle Higher Education (SCHE) after the 2003 TSC study in Europe; to check whether SCHE contributes to the objectives of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (‘ET 2020’) and Whether SCHE contributes to the objectives of the Leuven Communiqué.
The study covers the socio-economic context of SCHE, its definition and ambiguous definition regarding level 5 EQF, the objective, duration and curricula of SCHE. It goes over QA, accreditation, the use of ECTS and diploma supplements. It studies the link between SCHE with degree studies and employment, the degree of flexibility of SCHE students. It explores the link with the labour market, specifically the local one. It exposes the profile of students and teachers.
The study led to recommendations:
- Promote strong links between L5 and HE
- Clarify the title(s) held: e.g. Associate degree
- Clarify link L4 – L5: ECVET and ECTS
- Strengthen social / societal role of L5-Access to HE for youngsters of low SES
- Organise PLAs for decision-makers as to L5 to share good practice
- Extend study to all Bologna countrie
- Link up with L5 developments across world
- Translation tool to ISCED