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Higher Education Achievement Report

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Higher Education Achievement Report


The Higher Education Achievement Report is an extension of the transcript element of the Higher Education Progress File that was developed following the Dearing Review of Higher Education. It is a means for formally recording student achievement in higher education (HE) and it will be issued to students upon graduation. It will include and extend the existing record of academic achievement - the academic transcript - and the European Diploma Supplement


What problems is HEAR trying to solve?

HEAR is trying to solve at least three perceived problems all of which are contested.


1 The Governments desire to abandon Honours Classification

The HEAR was recommended by the Measuring and Recording Student Achievement Steering Group ('Burgess Group'), chaired by Professor Bob Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester. In their report, 'Beyond the honours degree classification'the group concluded that the current classification system was in urgent need of modernisation, and that both students and employers deserved a more detailed record of achievement. In fact students already get a detailed transcript together with their degree classification. The hope is that if HEAR is established it could provide an alternative to degree classification.


2 The perceived need to provide students and employers with more information about students’ achievement

HEAR is being positioned in terms of providing comprehensive information to students so that they can both monitor their own learning and plan for further development and have more and better information to provide to employers. Both of these are problematic. Students already receive significant information about their grades and progress and the added value of HEAR is contestable. There is no evidence that employers want the sort of information contained in HEAR and they will continue to ask for information that they need to make judgements about the suitability of someone seeking a job.


3 Support for informal (Life-Wide Learning)

HEAR provides a comprehensive record of learning and achievement. Within it (section 6.1) there is an opportunity to record information about a students’ informal learning that an institution is prepared to verify. While this is a step in the right direction the fact that it is but one small item buried in a mass of other information devalues the importance of informal learning in students’ development.




Further information

'Measuring and recording student achievement' (the first report of the Burgess Group)

Professor Bob Burgess's submission to the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee ( January 2009)

Article by Professor Bob Burgess (November 2009)

Rob Ward, Centre for Recording Achievement HEAR: a personal perspective with a historical view. (May 2010)

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