Willetts floats idea of separating teaching and examining

Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, Jun 11, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

You have to consider the source, but this proposal to separate teaching and assessment is the thin edge of the wedge. David Willetts, the UK's new Universities Minister, floated the idea, saying, "It has generally been assumed that any home-grown institution offering higher education must award its own degrees. But I am interested in looking at whether some institutions could benefit from linking themselves to an established exam brand with global recognition." I have been expecting such a proposal for a long time, and have long suggested that, when adopted, it will precipitate a crisis in the higher education sector.
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