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ERIC Number: EJ922532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0968-4883
Does the EUA Institutional Evaluation Programme Contribute to Quality Improvement?
Tavares, Diana Amado; Rosa, Maria Joao; Amaral, Alberto
Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, v18 n3 p178-190 2010
Purpose: This paper aims to reflect on the relevance of the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) of the European University Association (EUA) to universities' quality improvement. It aims to analyse IEP follow-up reports to determine whether the programme contributes to the development of a quality improvement culture. Design/methodology/approach: The structure and contents of 22 follow-up reports were analysed to assess the IEP programme. All reports were subject to content analysis using adequate software (NVivo 8 with a 242 nodes tree), the main goal being to evaluate progress made since the original evaluation. Findings: The reports analysed and the work by other authors show that IEP can constitute a useful approach towards the universities' quality improvement. IEP evaluations generally give a precise account of problems faced by each university, identifying its strong and weak points, opportunities and threats, and presenting clear recommendations and suggestions for improvement. If properly discussed inside the university, these evaluations can form the basis for an improvement plan. Research limitations/implications: In general, follow-up teams recognise the difficulty to distinguish changes caused directly by EUA teams' recommendations from others caused by external pressures. Practical implications: The follow-up process has as its main rationale the idea that a second review can assist a university evaluating progress made since the original evaluation. The reports analysed show that changes have always happened to a certain extent after the first evaluation. Originality/value: This paper makes a contribution to the understanding of the effects of institutional evaluation over institutional quality culture. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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