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ERIC Number: EJ902436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
Dismantling the Perceived Barriers to the Implementation of National Higher Education Accreditation Guidelines in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Onsman, Andrys
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v32 n5 p511-519 Nov 2010
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in its social sector, especially in setting up new schools and universities. The aim of the development is to prepare the Kingdom for a future that is not dependent on its oil resources which are predicted to run out in less than a hundred years. Driven by the country's monarch, King Abdullah, many of the changes in the higher education sector are top-down management decisions that are meeting some resistance in their implementation. This paper considers some causes of the perceived barriers to implementation of Saudi Arabia's national higher education policies, with a specific focus on the dissemination and implementation of the National Qualifications Framework for post secondary education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia devised by the National Commission for Academic Accreditation & Assessment. The paper proposes a networked management system as a possible solution to overcome the barriers. Finally, it argues that while there are a number of factors that may slow down the Kingdom's development of its higher education sector, they are unlikely to derail it completely.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia