Benchmarking as an instrument for continuous improvement in a regulated higher education quality assurance environment

Fernando F. Padró, Michael Sankey

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Benchmarking by higher education institutions (HEIs) has been evolving for some time in Australia and New Zealand. Earlier efforts were focused on improving reputation, but now benchmarking has become a required component of higher education quality assurance, or regulatory compliance schemes. ACODE’s benchmarking framework and the ACODE Benchmarks provide Australasian HEIs with the ability to review their technology enhanced learning (TEL) practices and decision-making against what is considered “good” practice. The ACODE benchmarking framework and its benchmarks also allow HEIs to inform quality audit, or regulatory compliance reporting by HEIs to maintain institutional recognition and demonstrate performance against threshold or other specific performance standards. ACODE’s benchmarking framework and benchmarks are recognized as influencers in benchmarking practice. However, there is a need to generate empirical data to demonstrate its leadership role and review the benchmarks for present purposes and to determine how they
are used by HEIs. Thus, in effect, this case study represents a view of the increasing
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCases on Quality Initiatives for Organizational Longevity
EditorsArchana Krishnan
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages39
ISBN (Electronic)9781522552895
ISBN (Print)9781522552888
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Logistics, Operations, and Management Science
PublisherIGI Global
ISSN (Print)2327-350X
ISSN (Electronic)2327-3518


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