External quality assurance in higher education: making choices

Author(s)
Martin, Michaela; Stella, Antony
Languages
English, French
Series
Fundamentals of educational planning, 85
Year
2007
Pages
146 p.
ISBN
978-92-803-1304-8

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External quality assurance (EQA) has become one of the most important items on the policy agendas of higher education systems across the world. Public authorities are finding themselves compelled to assess whether their traditional structures for quality assurance are still valid, and whether they should create new mechanisms. Much experimentation has already taken place in this area and there are many approaches to EQA, based on principles such as accountability, compliance with standards and quality improvement. Different mechanism may be used, included accreditation assessment and quality audit, each of which may target a particular sub-segment of the higher education system. This booklet discusses the different options available. It intends to be of practical use for national decision-makers who are faced with the challenge of designing an EQA system that not only corresponds to international .good practice., but also in line with national policy goals. Researchers should find it useful when identifying issues and concerns of policy-makers in the area of quality assurance.