ERIC Number: ED354824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Quality and Excellence Indicators in Post-secondary Education.
Nadeau, Gilles G.
CSSHE Professional File, n10 Fall 1992
The search for indicators of quality for colleges and universities was initiated during the past decade and many variants of these efforts have emerged in Europe, Australia, and on the North American continent. In the financial squeeze of the 1980s and 1990s, demands for quality and excellence in the conduct of higher education have continued to increase. In Canada, demands for quality and excellence in colleges and universities have dealt with student access, educational programs, faculty, administration, and institutional support services. Little consensus, if any, has been achieved on criteria of quality and excellence, on the operational definition of these concepts, or on their use in the praxis of postsecondary education. This report discusses the many uses that could be made of quality indicators by all postsecondary education constituencies. The possible uses for indicators of quality and excellence that are discussed include the following: improving university/college dialogue with governments; accreditation criteria; defining criteria and faculty performance in teaching, research, and service assessment; the linking of resources, reputation, and talent development; and accessibility to assessment, quality, excellence, and improvement. Contains 64 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Colleges, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Evaluation, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Program Improvement, Universities
Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, 151 Slater St., Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5N1 Canada ($3 Canadian).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education.
Identifiers - Location: Canada