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 workshop

The second Assessment Design Workshop will be held from 9:00am-12:30pm in conjunction with the CAUTHE mid-year meeting at Southern Cross University on Monday 15 July 2019. For more see 2019 Mid-year meeting, HDR conference and workshops.

The first Assessment Design Workshop was held on 11 February 2019, in conjunction with the 2019 Annual CAUTHE conference in Cairns. In preparation for this workshop 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.

The aim of the second workshop is for the five domain participant volunteers from each of the three FIELDs, plus additional participants in attendance, to work together with to develop principles around best practice assessments for FIELDS, and an ideal assessment for a FIELD.

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

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.