Skills beyond school

Enhancing higher education system performance - In-depth analysis of higher education topics

 

The in-depth analysis of higher education topics will provide a greater understanding of specific issues that are of particular concern to countries at a given time.

Countries choose each topic every two to three years.

Through this strand of work the OECD will provide countries with:

  • an analytical framework for approaching the topic
  • tailored policy advice through country reviews
  • general policy advice on the topic for national and institutional policymakers
  • peer-learning opportunities

The insights gained from the in-depth analyses will feed into the benchmarking higher education system performance strand of work, enriching the data and analysis. The benchmarking higher education system performance strand will also provide pointers to where future in-depth analysis work would be most useful. 

In-depth analysis of higher education topics: Methodology

The in-depth analysis will follow three phases.

  • Analytical phase: The Secretariat will develop an analytical framework by examining international data, research and analysis on the selected topic and the different approaches across OECD countries.

  • Country review phase: Analysis will be based on the reviews of individual countries. Country reviews will draw on data, information and research about a country’s higher education system and on consultations with a broad range of stakeholders and officials. Participating countries will receive individual reports that provide a detailed and tailored analysis of the performance of their higher education systems in the selected areas of focus. These reports will also provide policy advice and recommendations to help them improve the performance of their higher education systems.

  • Synthesis and general policy advice phase:  Findings from country reviews will be integrated into a synthesis report that provides general policy advice for policymakers on how to improve national and sub-national higher education systems. The synthesis report will compare the performance of the individual countries that participated in the country reviews and analyse the factors driving their performance in order to determine what works well in different national or system contexts.                                     

 In-depth analysis of the labour market relevance and outcomes of higher education systems

The first topic to be tackled is the labour market relevance and outcomes of higher education systems.

This project will assist countries in improving the labour market relevance and outcomes of their higher education systems through a better understanding of:

  • the links between the knowledge and skills developed in higher education and graduate outcomes; and
  • how policies and practices can stimulate and enhance the development of more labour market-relevant knowledge and skills.
  • The main objectives of the in-depth analysis of the labour market relevance and outcomes of higher education systems are to:

    • identify the knowledge and skills needed for success in the labour markets of countries, taking into account other factors that are beyond the realm of the higher education sector
    • assess how well higher education systems are developing labour market relevant skills
    • identify approaches in higher education that facilitate the development of labour market relevant skills
    • explore the potential of policy levers that policymakers can use (individually or in combination)  to influence the development of labour market relevant skills in higher education and good labour market outcomes for graduates
    • identify concrete policy options that could help improve the labour market outcomes of higher education graduates

Publications 

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In-depth analysis of the labour market relevance and outcomes of higher education systems: Analytical framework and country practices

This report presents the analytical framework for addressing the labour market relevance and outcomes of higher education and the outcomes of a questionnaire to countries on current policies and practices to enhance labour market relevance and outcomes. It also provides an overview of the approach that a series of country reviews will follow in 2017-18 as the OECD undertakes detailed analyses of the labour market relevance and outcomes of national higher education systems. The framework has benefited from the advice of the OECD Informal Working Group on Higher Education and from the stakeholder dialogue that began with the first OECD Higher Education Stakeholder Forum in 2016




 

 

Participating countries (2017-2019)

  • Norway
  • Mexico

Contact

Contact us at highereducation@oecd.org for more information.

 

Enhancing higher education system performance

Benchmarking higher education systems performance

Stakeholder dialogue

Why we are doing this work now

OECD higher education team

 

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