ERIC Number: ED392956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Assurance in Colleges.
This document analyzes the inspection reports of the five further education (FE) colleges in Britain that have achieved a grade of 1 for quality assurance (QA), identifies key lessons for the improvement of programs in other FE colleges, and refers to helpful FE publications. The five colleges consisted of two general FE colleges, one sixth-form college, one tertiary college, and one agricultural and horticultural college. The colleges represented a mix of rural, urban, and suburban schools with enrollments ranging from 950 to more than 23,000 students. The central focus of their QA systems also differed. Despite their differences, all five colleges shared a number of characteristics, which included strategic clarity; systematic approach to planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation; commitment to quality improvement; comprehensive QA system; clearly understood lines of responsibility/accountability; systematic review, action planning, and monitoring of all aspects of provision; and commitment to staff development. It was recommended that other FE colleges desiring to improve their QA grade adopt a systematic approach to QA at the operational level and also give consideration to the following items at the strategic level: culture, processes and systems, developing the capability of the human resource, and organizational structure. (Contains eight references and six acknowledgements.) (MN)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Postsecondary Education, Program Improvement, Quality Control, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Citadel Place, Tinworth Street, London SE11 5EH, England, United Kingdom (1.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers: Quality Assurance; United Kingdom