Friday, 13 May 2011

College University Subject Partnership

I previously mentioned a joint college/university partnership designed to improve the student experience when they move from college to university. The College University Subject Partnership (CUSP) aims to improve the "soft skills" that college students need when they go to university. The project is led by Anne Russell.

There have been several meetings. I attended the latest meeting this morning, held at Caledonian University. The focus of this meeting was the current review of HN Computing qualifications. I gave members an update on how that development is going, including a sneak preview of the results of the current consultation.

There was an interesting discussion about a number of topics linked to FE/HE articulation such as core skills, the importance of examinations, and the place of mathematics in the frameworks. The HE representatives emphasised the importance of FE students gaining some exam experience before moving to university. I was interested in the discussion about maths since it has not really featured in the draft frameworks so far. The group felt that maths should be an option within all frameworks.

I asked Anne to canvas members about these (and other) issues and to provide a short written summary of the group's views, for the QDT's consideration.

Contact Anne if you want to know more about this initiative.

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