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ERIC Number: EJ770897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1353-8322
Higher Education Quality Assurance Organisations in Central and Eastern Europe
Temple, Paul; Billing, David
Quality in Higher Education, v9 n3 p243-258 Nov 2003
This paper considers the development of intermediary, or buffer, bodies dealing with quality assurance in higher education in Central and Eastern Europe over the past 10 years. It relates these developments to the context of communist-era centralisation and control, and to more recent interventions by international aid agencies. The lessons that such agencies appear to draw from the Western experience of intermediary bodies in higher education are critically examined. Hypotheses intended to explain the development of different approaches to quality assurance in the region are examined, but none are found to be robust. The paper argues that control, rather than quality enhancement, is the dominating concern of the quality assurance agencies throughout the region. It is further argued that it is important for these agencies to adopt more flexible notions of quality related to institutional goals.(Contains 1 table and 2 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: Europe