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ERIC Number: EJ900784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1353-8322
Quality in Search of Meanings: The Case of Italian Universities
Pompili, Gioia
Quality in Higher Education, v16 n3 p235-245 Nov 2010
The paper highlights some of the results of a study concerning the implementation of quality assurance systems in Italian universities. Through an analysis carried out on Italian universities' websites and two case studies this paper tries to explain what is happening in Italian universities by identifying some trends of action concerning quality assurance. The main research questions are: what is quality in the Italian university system? What are the situated meanings attributed to it by academics? Italy does not have different types of higher education institutions as occur in some countries and despite the scarce attention paid by national legislation and by the government's policy towards the diversity of single institutions, this work points out the symptoms of a gradual emergence of differentiation. Spontaneous choices and implementation of different quality assurance systems reveals, in fact, differences between both the various universities themselves and also within the various disciplines, especially with regard to how academics define quality and thus in relation to the mission of the institution. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy