Setting the standard: establishing threshold learning outcomes for tourism, hospitality and events higher education in Australia
This project has produced a set of nationally agreed upon and clearly articulated Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) or ‘academic standards’ for TH&E in higher education. The project has sought to raise the legitimacy of TH&E as an area of study that is worthy of inclusion in HE in Australia, as evidenced by the acceptance of the TH&E TLOs by TEQSA.
The project has developed a series of exemplar documents to help colleagues demonstrate to TEQSA that their curriculum, pedagogy and assessments produce graduates who meet these academic standards. It has fostered a shared understanding of the desired skills, knowledge and attributes of TH&E graduates, in the form of TLOs, for the academy, industry and community, both internationally and locally.
The project team comprised CAUTHE colleagues:
Paul A. Whitelaw (William Angliss Institute) – Project Leader
Pierre Benckendorff (The University of Queensland)
Michael Gross (University of South Australia)
Judith Mair (The University of Queensland)
Penny Jose (Victoria University) – Project Manager
The project has engaged a community of over 900 members including academics from all 24 universities, 14 TAFES and 12 private colleges that offer hospitality, tourism and events higher education programs in Australia. In addition four major representative industry groups and three government departments are project associates.