TH&E Standards

Meeting the Standard for tourism, hospitality and events

Meeting the standard for tourism, hospitality and events is a two-part process which involves external peer-review of assessment and calibration of academic standards. Meeting the Standard builds on the work of:

Assessment Design workshops

Assessment Design Workshop 3 – Monday 10 February 2020

To be held from 9:00am – 5:00pm immediately prior to the CAUTHE 2020 conference at AUT, Auckland, New Zealand. The workshop agenda will include:

  • Presentation of exemplar assessment item/s and rubrics by each FIELD (tourism, hospitality and events) – all participants
  • Rubric design and critique: based on exemplar rubrics – Assoc Prof Glen Croy (Monash University)
  • Tools and tips: mapping and scaffolding across a whole degree or program – presenters from two institutions to present
  • Standards 2020 review: scope, aim and level of engagement – Assoc Prof Pierre Benckendorff (University of Queensland) and Dr Paul Whitelaw (William Angliss Institute)
  • Next steps: implementation of exemplars – peer review, student work samples etc.

Please contact the CAUTHE Secretariat if you are interested in attending this workshop.

Previous workshops

Assessment Design Workshop 2 – 15 July 2019

The five domain participant volunteers from each of the three FIELDs, plus additional participants in attendance, worked together to develop principles around best practice assessments for FIELDS, and an ideal assessment for a FIELD. For more 2019 Mid-year meeting, HDR conference and workshops.

Assessment Design Workshop 1 – 11 February 2019

Peers developed and presented a ‘fit for purpose’, exemplary assessment to cover each of the five DOMAINS (Service and Experience Design, Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Collaboration, Problem Solving and Professional Responsibility) in each of the three FIELDS of study (tourism, hospitality or events) – a total of 15 assessment items. At the workshop each triad presented their work to the larger group which then developed principles around best practice assessments for DOMAINS.

Peer review of assessment

Peers who are acknowledged discipline experts, review and report on the assessment methods and grading of students’ achievement of learning outcomes with reference to the tourism, hospitality and events (TH&E) Learning and Teaching Academic Standards. This collaborative process provides evidence that assessments and grading standards are appropriate and broadly comparable with those assessment practices occurring in other similar programs elsewhere. Participants from interested Chapter member institutions are invited to participate in this process annually.

For past project information see:

Please contact the CAUTHE Secretariat if you are interested in being involved in future peer-review of assessment activities.

Calibration of Academic Standards

Calibration of Academic Standards (CAS) is a multistage intervention in which external peer reviewers examine an assessment task and samples of student work against one or more of the threshold learning standard domains before, during and after a calibration workshop. CAUTHE offers Chapter member institutions participation in CAS workshops which are timed with the annual Conference and Mid-year meetings. The workshops aim to:

  • Reach a shared understanding of what it means to meet the minimum standard in a chosen domain
  • Generate a shared understanding about assessments and outcome standards in comparable units being taught in different institutions

The body of material collected from calibration workshops will form the basis of the review of the 2015 TH&E Learning and Teaching Academic Standards after five years. For more see:

Project team

The project team is comprised of invited participants from CAUTHE Chapter member institutions, many of whom were involved with the original Setting the Standard project.

Project Leaders

Project Manager

For more information or if you are interested in participating in Meeting the Standard for tourism, hospitality and events contact the CAUTHE Secretariat.