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The future nursing workforce in Australia: baseline data for a prospective study of the profile, attrition rates and graduate outcomes in a contemporary cohort of undergraduates

The objective of this study was to gather data from 10 universities across two Australian states in order to: provide a descriptive demographic profile of undergraduate Australian nursing students; provide baseline data for a prospective analysis of attrition within undergraduate nursing programs; and to facilitate student recruitment into a prospective cohort study to examine graduate outcomes. The authors conclude that there is a need to systematically track undergraduates and new graduates to quantify student attrition, graduate retention and career plans and begin to build evidence about the demographics of the future Australian nursing workforce, attrition within undergraduate nursing programs and graduate outcomes.

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Authors: Gaynor, Lynda; Gallasch, Tamara; Yorkston, Emily;
Date: 2007
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Australian journal of advanced nursing
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Workforce development; Employment; Demographics;

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Engaging in lifelong learning: Shaping Inclusive and Responsive University Strategies [SIRUS]

This report addresses the specific challenge faced by European universities to prepare citizens for their role in society and the economy, and to respond to societal expectations by providing educational opportunities for professional and personal development. Specifically, the report focuses on ways to provide educational opportunities for a widening circle of learners during their whole lifetime while paying close attention to successful attainment. The [Shaping Inclusive and Responsive University Strategies] SIRUS project worked on the principle that there is no single approach to how universities should embrace the challenges of providing education to European citizens throughout their lifetime. Different higher educational cultures, social and legal contexts are at play across Europe and each university has to define its role within its specific environment. The diversity of the 29 institutions participating in the project produced a vast array of strategies, appropriate to the role that each of these universities had defined for itself, in line with its specific societal and economic environment. This report seeks to highlight these different strategic approaches to [lifelong learning] LLL, and to identify common challenges based on the contributions made by the participating universities during the project.

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Authors: Smidt, Hanne; Sursock, Andree
Date: 2011
Geographic subjects: Europe
Resource type: Report
Series name: EUA publications
Subjects: Lifelong learning; Providers of education and training; Teaching and learning;

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A stocktake of existing aged care clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students in Australia

The aim of this study was to survey selected universities on a variety of aspects of the aged care clinical placement component of undergraduate nursing courses. Results showed that placements occurred in the first and third years of academic study largely in an aged care facility close to the university site. There was often competition between universities in trying to access the same facilities for student placements. Not all universities performed a formal assessment of the facility's suitability for an aged care clinical placement and often universities struggled to find university educators suitably qualified in aged care. The authors recommend the use of sites other than aged care facilities that offer aged care specific services because services away from the immediate locality may expand student experience. Better university co-ordination of placements is also recommended as this may ensure fairer access to all students. The development and implementation of a clinical audit tool, together with incentives for experienced aged care nurses to participate in higher education may contribute to the development of quality aged care specific skills.

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Authors: Neville, Christine C.; Yuginovich, Trudy; Boyes, Joanne
Date: 2008
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Australian journal of advanced nursing
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Students; Skills and knowledge; Evaluation;

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The role of higher education within broader skills policies, a comparison of emerging Scottish and English approaches

This article explores the important role played by higher education in broader skills and economic development policies in England and Scotland. It places the often divergent policy experiments and structural developments in these two countries' higher education systems within an international policy context and explains why England and Scotland are often tackling common problems and challenges in different ways. Scotland's retention of a centralised funding system for higher education, its enthusiasm for a closer integration of higher education with other forms of skills creation and its emphasis on skills utilisation are all leading to greater divergence from England.

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Authors: Keep, Ewart
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: England; Scotland; Great Britain;
Journal title: Higher education quarterly
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Higher education; Skills and knowledge; Economics;

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Working together to take quality forward: a selection of papers from the 8th European Quality Assurance Forum

This publication presents a selection of papers from this forum. The papers are as follows: Analysing the implementation of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance at institutional level: outcomes of the [Identifying barriers in promoting European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance at institutional level] IBAR project / Don F. Westerheijden and Jan Kohoutek; A collaboration between [Agence pour l'evaluation de la Qualite de l'Enseignement Superieur = Agency for the assessment of the Quality of Higher Education] AEQES and [Commission des Titres d'Ingenieur = Engineering Accreditation Institution] CTI for the joint evaluation and accreditation of civil engineering programmes / Teresa Sanchez Chaparro, Bernard Remaud, Caty Duykaerts and Marie Malmedy; Students as external evaluators in peer-review based [European Quality Assurance?] EQA: five years of student participation in the Institutional Evaluation Programme / Therese Zhang; Meaning, motivation and learning: factors for educational quality at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology / Eli Fyhn Ullern; Dealing with engagement issues: an examination of professionals' opinions on stakeholder involvement in quality assurance / Oliver Vettori and Tia Loukkola; Engagement, empowerment, ownership: how to nurture the quality culture in higher education / Anca Greere and Catherine Riley; The potential impact of the internal service units on the quality culture in a higher education institution, and how to make optimal use of it / Dries Froyen, Luk Indesteege, Stefan Oeyen and Reinoud Vandervelden; Conceptualising student engagement: a co-creation perspective / Tina Harrison.

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Authors: Derricott, Dan; Kekalainen, Helka; Kelo, Maria;
Conference name: European Quality Assurance Forum
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Europe; Norway
Resource type: Conference
Series name: EUA case studies
Subjects: Quality; Higher education; Providers of education and training;

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Changes in the composition of Australia's higher education workforce

Changes in the scale and composition of the student body and changes in the nature and extent of university research in Australia's universities have affected the structure of the university workforce. This note looks at the main changes in the Australian university workforce over the decade 2002-2012.

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Corporate authors: Group of Eight Australia (Firm) (Go8)
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Paper
Series name: Go8 policy note
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Employment; Higher education

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The whole of university experience: retention, attrition, learning and personal support interventions during undergraduate business studies

The Whole of University Experience (WoUE) project examined factors underpinning attrition in the first, second and third year of a business degree at six Australian universities - Griffith University, Monash University, Murdoch University, University of South Australia, University of Southern Queensland, and University of the Sunshine Coast. Overall, the data strongly indicates that factors related to attrition are generally university-specific and reflect both student characteristics and their responses to the specific institutional culture and environment. The only attrition triggers which span most universities and most years of study are ‘lack of a clear reason for being at university’ and ‘the feeling of having insufficient ability to succeed at university’. Analysis of responses to questions about the use and usefulness of student support interventions indicates that, in general, when students use personal support interventions these are mostly seen as very useful. However, data also indicate that many, and often the majority of, students have either not used or are not aware of the support services available.

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Authors: Willcoxson, Lesley; Manning, Mark; Wynder, Monte;
Date: 2011
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Higher education; Students; Participation;

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How does quality assurance make a difference?: a selection of papers from the 7th European Quality Assurance Forum

This publication presents a sample of the contributions to this forum. The papers are as follows: Is quality assurance leading to enhancement? / Jethro Newton; The future of accreditation in the US / Sylvia Manning; Does [external quality assurance] EQA really make a difference in Flanders higher education? / Daphne Carolus, Dieter Cortvriendt, Dries Froyen and Patrick Van den Bosch; Measuring the impact of external quality assurance - or: preparing external quality assurance for a greater impact on higher education / Josep Grifoll, Theodor Leiber, Christian Moldt, Julia Salado-Rasmussen, Martin Sorensen; Benchmarking: an appropriate tool for decision-making and improving or just another hype? / Hilde Sels and Nine Hooge; Quality enhancement through shared institutional responsibilities: a case study on how to use student and graduate tracking for strategic development and quality enhancement / Hanne Smidt and Kristina Josefson; Gathering student feedback: how can it make a difference? / Tina Harrison; Institutional integration of quality assurance and enhancement in an Irish university context / Sarah Ingle; Quality assessment of doctoral programmes as a supplement to the institutional evaluation: Polish model and experience / Maciej Markowski; International accreditation: effects of national and cultural differences / Aras Viligaila Vebra and Harald Scheuthle; International cooperation in discipline-specific quality assurance: [National Centre of Public Accreditation-European Association of Conservatoires] NCPA-AEC joint accreditation of Russian higher education programmes / Zhanna Kuzminykh and Linda Messas.

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Authors: Crozier, Fiona; Kelo, Maria; Loukkola, Tia;
Conference name: European Quality Assurance Forum
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Europe; Belgium; Ireland;
Resource type: Conference
Series name: EUA case studies
Subjects: Quality; Higher education; Providers of education and training;

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Doctoral programmes in Europe's universities: achievements and challenges

Doctoral education is a major priority for European universities and for [European University Association] EUA. In the context of the Bologna Process the importance of doctoral education as the third cycle of higher education and the first stage of a young researcher's career, and thus in linking the European Higher Education and Research Areas, was first highlighted in the 2003 Berlin Communique. EUA's first project 'Doctoral Programmes for the European Knowledge Society' (2003-2005) then opened a dialogue between universities and policy makers on the reform of doctoral programmes and enabled the adoption, in a Bologna Seminar held in Salzburg in February 2005, of '10 basic principles' for the future development of doctoral programmes. The subsequent Bergen Communique (May 2005) further stressed the importance of enhancing synergies between higher education and research, and gave a mandate to EUA to prepare a report on the further development of the basic principles for doctoral programmes for the 2007 London Conference of Higher Education Ministers. This report presents the main findings of the project. It also includes the results of a survey on the funding of doctoral education using data received from national Ministries through the Bologna Follow-up Group.

Doctoral education is a major priority for European universities and for [European University Association] EUA. In the ...  Show Full Abstract  

Corporate authors: European University Association (EUA)
Date: 2007
Geographic subjects: Europe
Resource type: Report
Series name: EUA publications
Subjects: Qualifications; Higher education; Students;

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The role of the university in twenty-first century European society

This paper questions what role should universities have in the 21st century society. Historically the development of higher education is closely related to the growth of economy and society and [a] university's mission evolved during the centuries to respond to the changing societal needs. They survived by turning organisational confusion and crisis into opportunities for re-examination, innovation and rejuvenation. The current crisis and the changes [universities] are undergoing can be an opportunity for a new start. However, imagining a new role for universities requires to conceive what kind of society we want to live in, and what are the conditions that will make it possible. In a 'new society', aiming at equity and sustainability, universities will be the cultural reference points for their communities, will have an essential role as a social institution, and will contribute to establish local social dynamics. Universities will be key organizations and supporters in regional and national innovation systems, with a primary role in developing the competitiveness of Europe's economies. Moreover they will have social responsibility and public engagement, linking generations as well as today and tomorrow's workforce, being the educative reference for students, lecturers, and the whole community.

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Authors: Paleari, Stefano; Donina, Davide; Meoli, Michele
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Europe
Journal title: Journal of technology transfer
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Culture and society; Economics;

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