Our consultation sets out proposals to monitor a range of indicators relating to each provider relevant to various aspects of quality, such as course quality, resources and academic support. The indicators we would use to do this include information about student admissions and outcomes, and also from national student surveys.
We would also consider a range of information relevant to a provider’s contextual risk, including measures of the size and shape of a provider’s higher education activity. In addition, we would receive and consider reports from providers about key events and notifications about providers from students and others.
As set out in the proposals, where the information available to us causes us to have concerns about a provider, we would be able to gather further information from the provider itself, or may ask the designated quality body, or another appropriate body, to gather further evidence for us.
We would use the information available to assess whether any of the conditions of registration relating to baseline quality and standards requirements has been breached, or whether there is an increased risk of a breach of any of those conditions. Where we conclude it is necessary, we would consider the use of our statutory powers to take enforcement action against a provider.
In addition, in the consultation we also propose to set numerical baselines for student outcomes and assess a provider’s absolute performance in relation to these, taking into account the context for that provider.