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ERIC Number: EJ802288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-30
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
International Quality Control Is No Easy Task
Contreras, Alan
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n38 pA33 May 2008
In early March, the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education was established under what is called the Bologna Process. The 46 countries involved in the process seek to improve the quality and assessment of higher education throughout Europe, thus facilitating students' mobility among institutions and countries and enhancing international use of courses and degrees from the participating countries. The new register creates a screening process that European colleges can apply to go through. The register is a good idea, but its administrators will have to grapple with the same underlying reality that U.S. states struggle with: Some governments have good standards for higher-education oversight, and some don't. A few American states have such low standards that a degree from all but the best private colleges within their borders is automatically met with suspicion by anyone knowledgeable about accreditation. In this article, the author explains why the university-screening system set up by the Bologna Process will face a challenging set of varying standards.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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