Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-21, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 22 September, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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Progress files

core definition

A progress files is an explicit record of achievement, an aid to reflecting on the achievement and a mechanism to enable future planning.

explanatory context

A progress files are thus like extended transcripts, and relate specifically to a development in the UK.

analytical review

The QAA (2004) in the UK state that:

Progress Files 'should consist of two elements: a transcript recording student achievement which should follow a common format devised by institutions collectively through their representative bodies; a means by which students can monitor, build and reflect upon their personal development’. (recommendation of the National Committee of Inquiry in Higher Education; 1997) While the term Progress File suggests that it is a document charting the progress of an individual, the overall concept contains:

·      the transcript: a record of an individual's learning and achievement, provided by the institution;

·      an individual’s personal records of learning and achievements, progress reviews and plans that are used to clarify personal goals and can provide a resource from which material is selected to produce personal statements (e.g. CVs etc) for employers, admissions tutors and others;

·      structured and supported processes to develop the capacity of individuals to reflect upon their own learning and achievement, and to plan for their own personal educational and career development. The term Personal Development Planning (PDP) is used to denote this process.

·      Progress Files help make the outcomes, or results, of learning in higher education more explicit, identify the achievements of learning, and support the concept that learning is a lifetime activity.

associated issues


related areas

See also


personal development planning (PDP)


Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), 2004, Publications: Progress files for Higher Education, not available at this address 9 February 2011.

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