ERIC Number: ED410878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
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Teaching and Research Quality Indicators and the Shaping of Higher Education. AIR 1997 Annual Forum Paper.
Stanley, Elizabeth C.; Patrick, William J.
Two important sets of performance indicators for institutions of higher education have become established in the United Kingdom: research quality ratings and teaching quality ratings. The research quality ratings and, to a lesser extent, the teaching quality ratings influence the level of government funding provided to higher education institutions. This paper considers the correlations between the two ratings and the possible consequences of policies which reshape the higher education sector by concentrating research resources in a limited number of institutions. Comparisons are made between quality assurance/assessment approaches in the United Kingdom and the United States, finding that U.S. higher education is much larger, more heterogeneous and has less government control than U.K. higher education, While the U.S. system of colleges and universities is generally unranked (by those responsible for accreditation), the UK system includes rankings. Use of use various analytical approaches to compare teaching and research ratings for both systems concluded that it remains unclear whether the measurement standards will lead to improvements in teaching and research. (Contains 38 references.) (Author/DM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accreditation (Institutions), Cluster Analysis, College Outcomes Assessment, Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Quality, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Qualitative Research, Research, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States