One size will not fit all (2 of 3)

February 3, 2011

Two strengths of the original standards framework were its brevity and its ability to be implemented in differing higher education contexts. The proposed changes to the standard descriptors imply a model of career development that may inadvertently limit progression to higher levels for colleagues such as learning development staff, librarians, technical instructors and academic skills support tutors - all of whom have a significant part to play in the student learning experience. These changes could significantly limit the framework's applicability to colleagues on "academic-related" or other "non-academic" contracts. We urge the HEA to rethink.

John Hilsdon and Michelle Reid, Association for Learning Development in Higher Education

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