Flinders University participates in Academic Calibration together with the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network of universities: Charles Darwin University, Flinders University, Griffith University, James Cook University, La Trobe University, Murdoch University, University of Canberra and Western Sydney University.
As an inter-institutional quality process, Academic Calibration aims to provide a comparable review and constructive feedback for selected higher education topics, in order to:
- demonstrate the appropriateness of the standards of learning outcomes and grades awarded in IRU universities
- maintain and improve the academic standards of IRU
- enable comparisons of learning outcomes in similar subjects across IRU
- promote discussion on good practice in learning and teaching across IRU.
This benchmarking exercise facilitates compliance with the Higher Education Standards Framework which expects higher education providers to undertake “regular external referencing of the success of student cohorts against comparable courses of study including … the assessment methods and grading of students” (Higher Education Standards Framework 2015, Section 5.3, Part 4.b.).