Hargreaves, Janet and Christou, Alexa (2002) An institutional perspective on QAA subject benchmarking. Quality assurance in education, 10 (3). pp. 187-191. ISSN 0968-4883

This paper provides an institutional perspective on the ways in which subject benchmark statements are being and might be used in internal quality assurance processes. The use and value of the benchmarks has to be considered in the light of the changes in the external review process. Institutions appear to be avoiding a culture of rigid compliance, but benchmarks have only been applied in limited ways to date. The potential benefits of subject benchmark statements will only be realised if we can create the conditions within HE institutions and between national bodies that encourage subject communities to use the benchmarking statements developmentally rather than a checklist for accountability.

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