ERIC Number: ED476876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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A Framework for Quality in Irish Universities: Meeting the Challenge of Change.
In recent years, Irish universities have cooperated in developing quality assurance systems and in representing their approach nationally and internationally as a unique quality model. The quality framework that is described in this publication is the result of close collaboration among the universities, the Conference of Heads of Irish Universities, and the Inter-University Quality Steering Committee. The framework that is presented has been adopted by seven Irish universities, and the framework is proving effective. The approach is based on a holistic view of the university that involves all major stakeholders and external experts. Core aspects of the framework include: (1) operating principles based on quality as strategy, quality review as a driver of change, quality as analysis and reflection, and quality as a shared responsibility; (2) quality offices within the universities; (3) participation of students in quality reviews; (4) participation of stakeholders; and (5) four major elements of the process that include self-assessment, peer review, a peer review report, and the implementation of findings for continuing improvement. Seven appendixes provide background about the development of the framework and discussions of the context for higher education improvement in Ireland. (SLD)
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Models, Quality Control, Self Evaluation (Groups)
For full text: http://www.chiu.ie/Quality.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland