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ERIC Number: EJ1174509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-5224
Quality Assurance through Accreditation: When Resistance Meets Over-Compliance
Salto, Dante J.
Higher Education Quarterly, v72 n2 p78-89 Apr 2018
A large number of countries worldwide have established quality assurance mechanisms in Higher Education, ranging from the long-engrained system (United States) to more recent developments in Europe, Latin America and other regions. This study explores the way Higher Education institutions, as examples of autonomous organisations, respond to a new set of regulatory policies. The analysis of the regulatees shows that university-wide administration has gone beyond the letter of required regulations, toward over-compliance. Far from a stereotype of a main external regulator (accreditation agency) trying to impose the stated regulations and the regulatee simply resisting, the latter adds a kind of self-regulation. Below the university-wide administration, at the programme level--the primary regulatee target of external regulators--matters take more typical, anticipated form. Mixed compliance characterises programme-level responses, including resistance strategies. Findings illuminate not only the Argentine case but also other countries that have established quality assurance agencies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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