Teaching institute

September 12, 1997

Tony Tysome has misinterpreted my comments (THES, August 22). The Higher Education Quality Council study he refers to will not say that "credit transfer has no future" nor that it is a "dead concept".

While precise figures are unavailable, credit accumulation and credit transfer within higher education institutions appears to be well, indeed thriving. Guesstimates of credit transfer between institutions suggest that, proportionately, such transfer remains relatively unchanged. Yet, credit transfer from one institution to another will always be important for certain student categories and higher education institutions - and might, conceivably, grow, for example if a national (UK) credit framework is agreed and implemented.

Alan Crispin, Assistant director

Quality Assurance Agency

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