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Benchmarking journalism courses with a focus on graduate employability : case Studies from three Australian universities

conference contribution
posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Beverley OliverBeverley Oliver, Paul Bethell, J Fernandez, J Harrison, R Breit
Benchmarking is commonly perceived as a key part of quality assurance and enhancement, and universities have had limited success to date in benchmarking, nationally or internationally, in matters concerning teaching and learning. This is partly due to the paucity of comparable quantitative indicators. The challenges are even greater when benchmarking is at course (program) level. As part of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council fellowship (Benchmarking partnerships for graduate employability), a process was designed to enable course leaders to engage in collaborative and confidential benchmarking at course level, with a particular focus on graduate employability (or, more specifically, the assurance of graduate capability development and achievement). Among the 24 benchmarking partners were three course leaders in undergraduate journalism. This paper describes their collective experiences and some of the outcomes of the benchmarking exercise. It also highlights some of the challenges of benchmarking in a discipline where graduates may follow a range of career paths, and where technology means professional practice is evolving at a very rapid pace. Given these underpinning uncertainties, discussions around employability and appropriate graduate capabilities are best had face to face with adequate time for establishing common understandings. This has also been a focused way of building capacity and scholarly networking.

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Event

Australian Quality. Forum (10th : 2011 : Melbourne, Vic.)

Series

AUQA occasional publications; no. 24

Pagination

1 - 6

Publisher

Australian Universities Quality Agency

Location

Melbourne, VIC

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2011-06-29

End date

2011-07-01

ISSN

1446-4268

ISBN-13

9781921561689

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2011, Australian Universities Quality Agency

Title of proceedings

AUQF 2011 : Proceedings of the AuQF : Demonstrating Quality

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