From policy borrowing to implementation: an illuminative evaluation of learning and teaching in higher education in Australia (2002 to 2008). 
This study documents and theorises the consequences of the 2003 Australian Government Reform Package focussed on learning and teaching in Higher Education during the period 2002 to 2008. This is achieved through the perspective of program evaluation and the methodology of illuminative evaluation. The findings suggest that the three national initiatives of that time, Learning and Teaching Performance Fund (LTPF), Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), and Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), were successful in repositioning learning and teaching as a core activity in universities. However, there were unintended consequences brought about by international policy borrowing, when the short-lived nature of LTPF suggests a legacy of quality compliance rather than one of quality enrichment.

With forty years’ experience, Dr Alderman brings a wealth of expertise to her role as Chief Evaluator. Her experience spans several sectors including government, non-profit, corporate, higher education and vocational education. She has a deep disciplinary knowledge and experience in program evaluation, evaluation frameworks, performance models, monitoring of quality assurance, institutional analytics and curriculum writing.

Dr Alderman has previously held the position of Associate Director, Academic Quality and Standards, QUT (2007-2016) where she led two portfolios: evaluation and quality assurance. Her qualifications include: Doctor of Philosophy in evaluation of government policy; Master of Education in curriculum analysis; and Bachelor of Education (Adult Education).

She continues to contribute to the evaluation community through her voluntary positions of: President, Australasian Evaluation Society (2014-2018); Editor, Evaluation Journal of Australasia (2012-2018); and Lecturer (2016) in Evaluative thinking and practice for the Masters of Business (Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies) at QUT.  Dr Alderman was awarded the prestigious L H Martin Institute Award for Excellence in Leadership (2016).


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