ABDC has developed Learning Standards (threshold learning outcomes) for both Bachelors and coursework Masters degrees for business graduates. The project was led by Associate Professor Mark Freeman (ABDC Scholar 2011-14) with continuing support from the Learning & Teaching Network.

The standards were developed in response to requirements under the Higher Education Standards Framework Act 2011.

The Act, overseen by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA, requires each higher education provider to demonstrate: (i) that their internal processes for design and approval of each degree take account of external standards, including the Australian Qualifications Framework, and (ii) that the degree-level learning outcomes achieved by their students are benchmarked against external standards.

In Australia, Learning Standards have been developed collaboratively for disciplines that include Accounting, Marketing, Economics, Finance, Law, Engineering, Geography, History, and Chemistry.

Learning standards have also been developed in the UK under the auspices of the Quality Assurance Agency (a body similar to TEQSA).

The resulting ABDC commissioned standards were designed in consultation with the discipline-specific professional bodies, academic and practitioner communities.  They provide a valuable benchmarking resource for designing degrees or evaluating intended learning outcomes, as required under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

The Learning & Teaching Network is leading a follow-on collaborative project – Achievement Matters – that benchmarks achieved learning from outcomes against the Accounting learning standards.

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