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ERIC Number: EJ769119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1353-8322
Efficiency and Quality in the Current Higher Education Context in Europe: An Application of the Data Envelopment Analysis Methodology to Performance Assessment of Departments within the University of Zaragoza
Martin, Emilio
Quality in Higher Education, v12 n1 p57-79 Apr 2006
Since the Bologna Declaration, improving the efficiency and transparency of the systems of higher education has become one of the principal challenges for all European countries. In fact, the establishment of evaluation processes in programmes and institutions is a current practice. For this purpose, several mechanisms of evaluation are being developed with the aim of accurately measuring the performance of these institutions. This paper applies the data envelopment analysis (DEA) methodology to assess the performance of the departments of the University of Zaragoza (Spain). The selected indicators concern both the teaching and the research activity of these departments. The results reveal the departments that carry out these activities more efficiently according to the variables included in each analysis. Finally, I discuss the existence of differences in the strengths and weaknesses among departments covering different areas, suggesting several initiatives aimed at improving their performance in the light of current Spanish higher education reform. (Contains 1 figure, 3 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain; United Kingdom