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Benchmarking Performance of Academic Development Units: Local adaptation with Global Opportunities.
University of Western Australia.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Teaching and Learning (UPC).
2012 (English)In: 9th ICED Conference 2012: Across the Globe Higher Education Learning and Teaching 23-25 July 2012 Bangkok, Thailand / [ed] Sudaporn Luksaneeyanawin, Boonsri Ongpipatanakul Suchada Suthummaraksa, Sakolkarn Insai, Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Printing House , 2012, 217- p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development (CADAD) has developed and endorsed national performance benchmarks for academic development units.  These have been developed around eight key domains of academic development practice. These are

  1. Strategy, policy and governance
  2. Quality of learning and teaching
  3. Scholarship of teaching and learning
  4. Professional development
  5. Credit-bearing programs in higher education
  6. Curriculum development
  7. Engagement
  8. Academic Development Unit Effectiveness


Each domain is further described by sub-domains - each described by an overview, good practice descriptions at three levels of practice; and advice about sources of data. They are designed for an academic development unit to carry out an initial self-assessment, followed by a process of external comparison with other university partners. Templates and codes of practice for benchmarking have been developed to support the self-review and benchmarking activities. In recognition that the mission and core business of academic development units varies, as does their level of maturity of the unit, the guidelines to benchmarking encourages each unit to select only the domains and subdomains relevant to the unit.


The performance benchmarks have been used in Australia and Sweden to carry out self-reviews and benchmarking with other university partners. In Australia, all universities have endorsed the benchmarks and several have carried out self-reviews, followed by benchmarking meetings with a self-selected university partner.  In Sweden, two universities (Umeå and Stockholm) have used the CADAD benchmarks to guide their self-review, benchmarking discussions and have sought further complementary and advice from an external peer reviewer.


This symposium briefly presents the performance benchmarks for the eight dimensions and accompanying resources. The experience of each of the three presenters from Australian and Swedish universities in trialling the benchmarks will then be presented. The symposium concludes with a discussion with the presenters and the delegates on the extent that the Australian benchmarking model and domains are relevant in an international context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Printing House , 2012. 217- p.
Keyword [en]
academic development centres, performance benchmarks, dimensions of academic development, international benchmarking
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61693ISBN: 978-616-91301-0-9OAI: diva2:571506
9th ICED Conference 2012
Available from: 2012-11-22 Created: 2012-11-22 Last updated: 2013-02-19Bibliographically approved

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