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What is External Referencing?

External referencing is “..a process through which a higher education provider compares an aspect of its operations with an external comparator(s)” (TEQSA, 2019)

External referencing:

  • Provides evidence of the quality and standing of the university’s operations
  • Offers an external evidence base as context for the development of internal improvements, especially to student outcomes
  • Monitoring, review and improvement processes can and should encompass review against comparators, both internal to the provider and external (TEQSA, 2019).

Why is it important to externally reference Curtin courses?

External referencing of courses across institutions helps to ensure the quality, comparability and consistency of Curtin courses. Course Coordinators can use the feedback to enhance the quality of the teaching program.

External referencing is a requirement of the Higher Education Standards Framework, 2021.

External referencing techniques and methods