ERIC Number: ED384285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Improvement and Accountability: Navigating between Scylla and Charybdis. Guide for External Quality Assessment in Higher Education. Higher Education Policy Series 30.
Vroeijenstijn, A. I.
This guide provides advice and recommendations on designing a system of external quality assessment (EQA) for systems and institutions of higher education. Based on a Dutch national model, key features of the suggested system include: ownership by higher education institutions themselves although sanctioned by the government; primary aims of quality assurance, quality enhancement and quality improvement; and programmatic orientation. Chapter 1 presents fundamental issues concerned with increasing emphases on quality assessment in higher education. Chapter 2 outlines the model system of external quality assessment. Chapter 3 contains guidelines for self-assessment. Chapter 4 contains guidelines for a review committee. Chapter 5 places quality assessment in a European framework and discusses the European dimension in EQA. While Chapters 1 and 2 provide general explanatory material, Chapters 3 and 4 are intended as a manual providing more specific guidelines for an agency in charge of the execution of EQA, for the unit to be assessed and for the review committee which is going to assess it. Appendixes contain a short description of the Dutch University system, format for a faculty report, checklist for committees, format for a final report, format for the curriculum description, an approach for a faculty assessment, and an outline of the EQA system of research in Dutch universities. (Contains 134 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Models, National Programs, Policy Formation, Self Evaluation (Groups)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands