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ERIC Number: EJ851137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1358-3883
Assumptions Commonly Underlying Government Quality Assessment Practices
Schmidtlein, Frank A.
Tertiary Education and Management, v10 n4 p263-285 Dec 2004
The current interest in governmental assessment and accountability practices appears to result from:(1) an emerging view of higher education as an "industry"; (2) concerns about efficient resource allocation; (3) a lack of trust ade between government institutional officials; (4) a desire to reduce uncertainty in government/higher education relationships; (5) lack of confidence in institutional governance. Based on these concerns, governments increasingly are engaging in data-based quality assessment processes. These processes appear to assume that: (1) faculty and administrators know how to improve quality but fail to do so; (2) government officials can assure the public interest in quality; (3) measures of quality can be identified and agreed upon; (4) improving quality requires strong bureaucratic coordination and control; (5) information systems can provide the evidence government officials need to address quality concerns. An examination of literature on organisation decision processes suggest these assumptions are inaccurate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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