ERIC Number: ED369310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Towards a Methodology for Comparative Quality Assessment in European Higher Education. A Pilot Study on Economics in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Brennan, John; And Others
This study assessed the possibility of providing valid and reliable comparisons of the quality of higher education across national lines. The study compared college economics programs in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom in a two stage process. First descriptive information about systems and study programs was gathered and analyzed. Second, an international peer review of selected study programs was conducted by economics experts who formed an international peer committee and met during a 2-day meeting to discuss documentation prepared in the first stage. Analysis concluded that the process did obtain a balanced view of the study programs. Peers also thought that the review meeting only partly reached its objectives and that a series of meetings rather than one session would be more effective. A conclusion of the peer review group was that the within-country differences were so large as to make it difficult to assume the national level to be homogeneous enough to use it as the level of comparison. Therefore, the appropriate level of comparison appeared to be at the study program level rather than at the national level. Appendixes contain peer review reports, documentation prepared for the peer review, and peer review evaluation forms. (Contains 42 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Programs, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Evaluation, Economics Education, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, International Cooperation, Peer Evaluation, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Netherlands Ministry of Education and Sciences, The Hague.
Authoring Institution: Council for National Academic Awards, London (England).; Twente Univ., Enschede (Netherlands). Dept. of Education.; Hochschul-Informations-System, Hanover (Germany).
Identifiers - Location: Germany; Netherlands; United Kingdom