In order for the VUSSC’s collaborative approach to education and commitment to Open Education Resources to flourish, member states recognized that being able to compare curricula developed by different VUSSC countries was vital.
To enable this comparison and ensure credibility, member states have done a significant amount of work drafting and testing the TQF (Transnational Qualifications Framework) as a mechanism for assessing or comparing qualifications offered.
One of the fundamental principles of the TQF is to share programmes of study, based on the use of creative commons copyright licenses. Officially launched in 2010, the current TQF allows millions of potential learners to access internationally recognized programmes through a simple process, helping learners and workers that move between countries or change jobs.
With 10 levels – seven undergraduate and three post-graduate – the TQF lists descriptions that indicate the complexity of the post-secondary learning being completed. The VUSSC TQF Levels and Level Descriptors Table illustrates how both learners and curriculum specialists can contrast the complexity levels of different post-secondary programmes using an objective tool.
The TQF was revised in 2016, with a number of small member states taking the lead in revamping the framework to enable national or regional qualification to be used. These updates enable qualifications from member states to be recognized throughout the Commonwealth, provided they have met the quality assurance criteria of the national, regional and transnational organizations.
There are a number of benefits available to post-secondary institutions that register their courses under the TQF. These benefits include advantages such as: