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ERIC Number: ED539520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 63
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
The ESU Consultation Report of the MAP-ESG Project
Blattler, Andrea; Heerens, Nicolaas; Baumann, Bastian; Ivosevic, Vanja; Pall, Allan
European Students' Union (NJ1)
The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) would not be what it aimed to become without a strong emphasis on quality and quality assurance, as the latter can provide the basis for mutual trust--the prerequisite without which recognition, mobility and institutional cooperation could not function on a larger scale. The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) have been developed to cater for maintaining national characteristics and as a response to the essential need to create a mutual understanding of how to safeguard existing quality and enhance it further. The ESG have aimed to shape the construction of the EHEA and ensure the trustworthiness of higher education to European society. The results of the analysis presented in this report underline the essential need for, and the success of, the ESG. At the same time, the findings and recommendations also provide concrete suggestions for further improvement of the ESG, so that they might best contribute to the desired European Area of Quality Higher Education. The ESU consultation report of the MAP-ESG project builds on the experiences of national and local student organisations as well as individual student representatives and student reviewers who have been involved in quality assurance at institutional, national and European level. The consultation process was conducted through structured questionnaires, individual interviews and a focus group. Data was collected from 29 national student unions from 27 countries, 27 local student unions from 7 countries, 11 individual students who took part in the external reviews of QA Agencies and 21 focus group participants from 15 countries, who were also interviewed individually. The data analysis was complemented with text analysis of the ESG and relevant literature where appropriate. Despite the variety of different data sources, several themes emerged as those which the students identified as essential to a discussion on the ESG. These themes are: the purpose and the scope of the ESG, clarity and usability of the ESG, impact and implementation of the ESG and stakeholder involvement in quality assurance as a particular, overarching theme. A summary of key findings for each of the identified themes, followed by a summary of recommendations for further improvement of the ESG, is provided in this report. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: European Commission
Authoring Institution: European Students' Union (ESU) (Belgium)
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; Norway; Serbia; Slovenia; Spain; Switzerland; United Kingdom