The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP)

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The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) is a legislative advisory body, established under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, (TEQSA Act), with responsibility related to the standards for delivery of higher education in Australia.

Panel membership

The current members of the Higher Education Standards Panel are:

Professor Peter Shergold AC (chair)
Professor Alan Robson AO (member)
Professor Greg Craven (member)
Ms Karen Thomas (member)
The Hon Phil Honeywood (member)
Dr Krystal Evans (member)
Dr Don Owers (observer)
Professor Ian O’Connor (observer)

The Panel has been appointed for the period 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2018.

Over this period the Panel will undertake work and provide advice on a wide range of quality-related issues. It will help to ensure a smooth transition to a revised Higher Education Standards Framework, which will take effect in January 2017. It will also oversee a review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education system.

Improving transparency of higher education admissions

On 1 February 2016,  Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, asked the Higher Education Standards Panel to provide him with options to improve the transparency of higher education student admissions policies, without significantly increasing regulation. 

In response to the Minister’s request, the Panel released a consultation paper on 6 April 2016. 

The Panel received 82 written submissions in response to the consultation paper. 

Final report

The Panel made 14 recommendations in its report, which was published on 16 November 2016. Key recommendations include that providers use common and consistent language to describe ATAR thresholds and other admission requirements; and publish information on admissions processes in agreed templates to ensure ease of comparison for prospective students and their parents.

Australian Government response to the Panel’s report

The Government has accepted the Panel’s recommendations and announced its response to the report. The Government will work with key stakeholders in Australia’s higher education sector to develop a joint plan to implement the Panel’s recommendations. As many of the recommendations as possible will be delivered for the start of the 2018 academic year.

As a follow-up to the work on admissions transparency, the Minister has asked the Panel to investigate trends in student completion and attrition and how institutions can be encouraged to support enrolled students through to course completion wherever possible.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP).

Results

  1. Advice from the Higher Education Standards Panel to TEQSA

    Created: 18 May 2015

    Advice from the Higher Education Standards Panel to TEQSA regarding the application of the Higher Education Standards Framework for regulatory purposes - December 2014

  2. Australian Government response to the Higher Education Standards Panel's report on improving the transparency of higher education admissions

    Created: 16 December 2016

    Australian Government response to the Higher Education Standards Panel's report on improving the transparency of higher education admissions.

  3. Communiqué 1 – Introduction to the Higher Education Standards Panel and its operation- June 2012

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 1 – Introduction to the Higher Education Standards Panel and its operation  - June 2012

  4. Communiqué 2 – Issues to date, approaches, initial priorities- August 2012

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 2 – Issues to date, approaches, initial priorities- August 2012

  5. Communiqué 3 – Feedback on Teaching and Learning discussion paper- September 2012

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 3 – Feedback on Teaching and Learning discussion paper - September 2012

  6. Communiqué 4 – Organising framework for Higher Education Standards- November 2012

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 4 – Organising framework for Higher Education Standards - November 2012

  7. Communiqué 5 – Decision criteria and standards development process  - November 2012

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 5 – Decision criteria and standards development process  - November 2012

  8. Communiqué 6- Summary of progress during 2012 - December 2012

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 6 - Summary of progress during 2012 - December 2012

  9. Communiqué 7- Technical Amendments to the HE Standards Framework - March 2013

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 7 - Technical Amendments to the HE Standards Framework - March 2013

  10. Communiqué 8- HES Reference Points and update on Organising Framework - May 2013

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 8 - HES Reference Points and update on Organising Framework - May 2013

  11. Communiqué 9- Feedback on Call for Comment Number 2 - September 2013

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 9 - Feedback on Call for Comment Number 2 - September 2013

  12. Communiqué 10- Summary of progress during 2013- December 2013

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 10 - Summary of progress during 2013 - December 2013

  13. Communiqué 11- Report on HESP Information Session on 14 May 2014 - June 2014

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 11 - Report on HESP Information Session on 14 May 2014 - June 2014

  14. Communiqué 12- Feedback on Call for Comment Number 3- August 2014 

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 12 - Feedback on Call for Comment Number 3 - August 2014 

  15. Communiqué 13- OLT/Higher Education Standards Panel Research Fellowship - October 2014 

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 13 - OLT/Higher Education Standards Panel Research Fellowship - October 2014 

  16. Communiqué 14- Final Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework- 12 December 2014

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 14 - Final Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework - 12 December 2014

  17. Communiqué 15- Final Communique from the Inaugural Panel and Summary of progress during 2014- 12 December 2014

    Created: 29 April 2015

    Communiqué 15 - Final Communique from the Inaugural Panel and Summary of progress during 2014 - 12 December 2014

  18. Comparison of Part A (Standards for Higher Education)

    Created: 6 May 2015  |  Last modified: 4 March 2016

    Comparison of Part A (Standards for Higher Education) of the Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework to requirements of the current Framework - December 2014

  19. Comparison of Part B (Criteria for Higher Education Providers)

    Created: 6 May 2015  |  Last modified: 4 March 2016

    Comparison of Part B (Criteria for Higher Education Providers) of the Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework to requirements of the current Framework - December 2014

  20. Comparison of Part D (Definitions and Explanations of Terms)

    Created: 6 May 2015

    Comparison of Part D (Definitions and Explanations of Terms) of the Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework to requirements of the current Framework - April 2014

  21. Comparison of the ESOS National Code 2007 Parts C & D to the Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework- December 2014

    Created: 6 May 2015  |  Last modified: 4 March 2016

    Comparison of the ESOS National Code 2007 Parts C & D to the Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework - December 2014

  22. Disaggregated and distributed models of student participation and course delivery and assurance of higher education standards

    Created: 18 May 2015

    Disaggregated and distributed models of student participation and course delivery and assurance of higher education standards

  23. Elements of the current Higher Education Standards Framework that are not covered by the Proposed Framework- December 2014

    Created: 18 May 2015  |  Last modified: 4 March 2016

    Elements of the current Higher Education Standards Framework that are not covered by the Proposed Framework - December 2014

  24. Erratum- Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework Consultation Draft

    Created: 6 May 2015

    Erratum - Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework Consultation Draft

  25. Final Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework- Advice to the Minister- December 2014

    Created: 18 May 2015

    Final Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework - Advice to the Minister - December 2014

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