About the project

Background

Considerable interest in articulation and credit transfer between the VET and Higher Education sectors has been expressed for three decades. The reasons for the interest include access and equity, efficiency, and the need to provide workable pathways between the sectors for the benefit of students, industry and society. Governments, both state and federal, have generated policies to promote articulation and credit transfer. Implementing it, however, has proved to be more difficult.

Recent federal Government announcements, initiatives and reviews have emphasised the need for the provision of more streamlined pathways between the VET and higher education sectors, which clearly sets the agenda for the improvement of articulation arrangements between the two sectors.

Project aims

The Articulation Partnership Project has the following four key aims.

1. Connecting Industry to Articulation Pathways

In the development of new articulation pathways the project aims to have industry take a pivotal role in the determination of an articulation pathway which will have the most potential to contribute to the sustainability of their industry’s workforce.

Through the development of industry-focused articulation pathways, the industry’s workforce will have a clearer understanding of not only their education and training pathway options, but future career options within the industry, thus potentially contributing to the sustainability and workforce succession planning of that industry.

2. Exploring the transferability of articulation pathway models

The Project aims to determine the transferability of both existing and new articulation pathway models to other industry and/or qualification areas. Transferability in this context could result in the reproduction of a particular articulation model in another industry area, or the expansion of an existing model to incorporate more partners from the industry, higher education and VET sectors.

3. Addressing student transition and awareness issues

Research indicates that students moving between the sectors experience difficulties in the transition from one sector to the other due to the different teaching and learning approach, expectations and assessment. It has also found that school and VET students have a low level of awareness of the articulation pathways available to them to access higher education. The Project will explore these issues and identify potential ways of addressing and reducing transition issues, as well as effective student-focused information strategies which will assist in promoting articulation pathways.

4. Information and Systems

Research has shown that considerable problems exist in implementing articulation between VET and higher education, due to different systems and procedures in use. The Project will implement a small pilot project to work through and resolve these issues and provide guidelines and principles for system improvements which can be transferable to other programs and institutions.