Unlike (superficially) similar services, SKEIN;
- is focused on education, its core business (teaching and learning) and links between staff and student learning;
- is NOT an externally validated self-assessment. The assessment is undertaken by trained experts using benchmarks derived from research;
- does not make the college do all the work, fill out any forms or provide standard answers to questions;
- builds capacity in the client college and leaves them with additional capabilities and resources; and
- is cheaper than the (non-self assessment) alternatives.