ERIC Number: ED479839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
External Quality Assurance in Indian Higher Education: Case Study of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). New Trends in Higher Education.
Many countries have initiated quality assurance mechanisms for higher education, and more are in the process of developing quality assurance strategies. The experience of India, detailed in this case study, can provide valuable lessons for other countries. The accreditation experience of India may seem to be just 8 years old, but it must be considered in the context of quality controls that India already had for higher education, many of which were inherited from the British legacy of higher education. Inspections and audits by state governments, the affiliating function of universities (in the case of colleges), performance appraisal by the University Grants Commission, and review by funding agencies all contributed to higher education quality, as did inspection and certification by professional bodies. In India, the national context includes limited resources for improvement in higher education. The balancing of the national context and international expectations provides a valuable lesson for countries contemplating quality assurance strategies. This report also describes the unit of assessment, the reporting strategy, institutional response, benefits of accreditation, and the impact on the higher education system. Chapters are: (1) "The Structure and Governance of Indian Higher Education"; (2) "Emerging Trends in Indian Higher Education"; (3) "The Breakthrough in Quality Assurance"; (4) "The Instrument and Methodology"; (5) "Setting Priorities"; (6) "Problems and Challenges"; (7) "Towards Solutions"; (8) "The Accreditation Experience of ABC College"; (9) "The Impact"; (10) "Learning from Experience"; and (11) "Future Perspectives for Quality Assessment." Seven appendixes contain additional information about self-study and accreditation processes. (Contains 19 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Governance, Higher Education, Quality Control
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.
Identifiers - Location: India