ERIC Number: EJ718233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Reference Count: 79
British and French Evaluation of International Higher Education Issues: An Identical Political Reality?
European Journal of Education, v40 n2 p155-172 Jun 2005
In both Britain and France, evaluation has been seen as one element of national strategies to internationalise higher education (HE), with the spread of evaluation indicating policy convergence. However, there are dangers in describing the cross-national adoption of evaluation as an instance of policy transfer in higher education. This article compares two evaluation agencies, the French Comite National de l'Evaluation des Etablissements Publics a caractere scientifique, culturel et professionnel (CNE) and the British Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), which have both been seen as guarantors of the quality of domestic HE, and concomitantly as elements in international HE promotion. It indicates considerable differences in the evaluation reports produced by each agency, and links these to the context in which they were produced: the institutional relationships between each agency, higher education institutions, and the state; and the general context of "evaluation" in each country's public sphere. The article thus challenges analyses which have seen the proliferation of evaluation across national contexts as evidence of "policy transfer" or of "homogenisation". Instead, it shows how differences in an ostensibly similar "product", the "quality reports" produced by each agency, reflect the institutional context of evaluation and its role in public policy writ large.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Quality Control, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Educational Quality, Public Agencies, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France; United Kingdom