The University of Newcastle, Australia

Assurance of Learning

Assurance of Learning (AOL) is a continuous improvement process that has been prioritised by the Business School and will assist us to meet the requirements of the AACSB accreditation.

Each year, select programs undergo AOL to assess how our students are performing against the key learning objectives for the programs offered in the School.

Students are assessed against each of the key learning objectives and receive a rating, based on a 5-point scale, ranging from Excellent to Poor.

This data provides valuable information that will help identify areas for development and inform future decisions about the programs, our teaching and learning support.

In 2019, programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate level underwent Assurance of Learning with the target that at least 80% of our students scored Satisfactory or higher in their overall performance for each of our Learning Objectives.

Undergraduate results – 2019

Table shwoing results of 2019 Undergraduate Assurance of Learning

Overall, the Undergraduate AOL results met the target of at least 80% of students scored Satisfactory or higher in their performance for each Learning Objectives, with all nine Learning Objectives achieving a result of greater than 90% of students scoring a rating of Good or higher.

Postgraduate results – 2019

Table shwoing results of 2019 Postgraduate Assurance of Learning

Overall, for the postgraduate programs assessed, all Learning Objectives met the target of at least 80% of students scored Satisfactory or higher, though there were some Learning Objectives where more than a third of students were scored as Satisfactory or Poor (the two lowest ratings).

A detailed report for each of the programs assessed has been prepared and provided to the Program Convenors to review and comment of any areas of concerns. These reports, along with the comments provided by the Program Convenors, have been presented to the Faculty Teaching and Learning committee for discussion.

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