ERIC Number: EJ887416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
Quality Assurance for All
Cheung, Peter P. T.; Tsui, Cecilia B. S.
Quality in Higher Education, v16 n2 p169-171 Jul 2010
For higher education reform, most decision-makers aspire to achieving a higher participation rate and a respectable degree of excellence with diversity at the same time. But very few know exactly how. External quality assurance is a fair basis for differentiation but there can be doubt and resistance in some quarters. Stakeholder interests differ in external quality assurance. These interests, if allowed to interact in a collaborative setting, will produce an optimal equilibrium, to ensure that external quality assurance remains a soft and preferred option in the eyes of all. Ways to achieve this optimal equilibrium include a formative approach based on trust, clear criteria and procedures, self-evaluation, use of external peers, transparency and requirements like "evidence-based", "no surprises" and "right of representation".
Descriptors: Quality Control, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Institutional Evaluation, Institutional Characteristics, Investment, College Choice, Awards, Self Evaluation (Groups), Performance Factors, Change Strategies, Partnerships in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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