Thankyou to everyone who responded in the consultation exercise.
All comments made on this site during the consultation period will be taken into account in developing the final reports to HEDIIP. Reports will be presented to HEDIIP at the end of June 2015 (the HECoS Scheme) and at the end of August 2015 (governance model and adoption plan). A second report is also scheduled for submission at the end of June, which will include proposals on a way forward for subject-based aggregation.
This site remains open for comment, but we do not guarantee to process comments made after the close of the consultation period.
Information about discipline, subject, and topic is one of the key building blocks of the Higher Education data and information landscape.
This information ought to have sector-wide and consistent approaches that are well-matched to academic practice, serve the interests of efficiency, improve the experience of learners and researchers, and provide better information for managers and policy-makers. The existing Joint Academic Coding System (JACS) is in need of major review because:
- the limit of the existing coding framework has been reached;
- changes and growth in JACS’ range of functions mean it is no longer consistently applied;
- it does not meet the needs of all of the key sector stakeholders.
There are opportunities to reduce data management and reporting burden and to enable emerging uses in student information, planning & analytics, resource management, marketing, etc. To learn more about the motivation for the review, consult the HEDIIP “Classifying subject of study” report.
To address these issues, the Higher Education Data and Information Improvement Programme (HEDIIP) includes a project to consult stakeholders in UK higher education and develop a new subject coding scheme that meets their needs. The project is progressing in two stages.
The final report from Stage 1 of this work, covering requirements and impact analysis, has been published on the HEDIIP web site. Team member Wilbert Kraan has also written a blog post: “Subject coding is changing from JACS3 to HECoS; here’s what’s different” as a quick introduction to the approach being proposed. A webinar recording is also available which explains the background and the proposed HECoS scheme.
Stage 2 consultation began on 23 February 2014, and proceeded through to the end of May 2015. Final reports will be prepared during June and July and published on the HEDIIP web site following acceptance by the Project Board.
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