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Stensakera, Bjorn; Harvey, Lee – Higher Education Policy, 2006
Following national adaptations to the Bologna-declaration, accreditation is increasingly becoming the most dominant form of quality assurance of higher education in Europe. Over the last decade, national authorities have set up both institutional and programme accreditation procedures, currently accompanied by a growing number of private…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Educational Quality
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Stensaker, Bjorn; Harvey, Lee – Higher Education Review, 2013
The paper reports from a comparative study on systems of quality assurance in 19 countries around the globe, and how these systems function as accountability mechanisms. Based on a theoretical framework for assessing how accountability mechanisms can contribute to build trust in the higher education sector, the analysis of the quality assurance…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Accountability, Quality Assurance
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Harvey, Lee – Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 2004
Accreditation in higher education is examined by drawing on the experiences of academics and managers in Britain, the United States and Canada. The qualitative comments are used to deconstruct the notion of accreditation. Accreditation processes, it is argued, are not benign or apolitical but represent a power struggle that impinges on academic…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Academic Freedom
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Proitz, Tine S.; Stensaker, Bjorn; Harvey, Lee – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2004
The development of various national and supra-national accreditation systems is currently being discussed as a possible response to an increasingly internationalized and deregulated higher education sector. However, the establishment of such procedures may have unintended consequences, not least with respect to limiting the diversity of higher…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Higher Education, Business Administration Education, Educational Quality
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Harvey, Lee – Quality in Higher Education, 2004
The battle-lines are drawn up in the various struggles for control of supranational external quality monitoring (accreditation and evaluation). The different types of supranational quality processes are outlined (as they existed at the time of the presentation of the paper to the Conference). The question asked is: who benefits from the extension…
Descriptors: Quality Control, Accreditation (Institutions), Higher Education, Educational Quality
Blackstock, Douglas; Harvey, Lee; Szanto, Tibor; Pyykko, Riitta; Aelterman, Guy; Lopez-Benitez, Mariano; Vera-Toscano, Esperanza; Fereres, Elias; Cassagne, Claude; Dhainaut, Jean-Francois; Lykova, Viktoriya; Babyn, Ivan – ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), 2010
The annual meeting of the ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) IQA (internal quality assurance) Group gathered some 60 participants in the premises of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) in The Hague in June 2009. This seminar was a successful follow-up to the first ENQA IQA…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Quality Control, Stakeholders, Foreign Countries
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Harvey, Lee – Quality in Higher Education, 2006
There has been considerable debate about the impact of external quality assurance in higher education. This paper describes a discussion at the INQAAHE workshop in The Hague, attended by representatives of agencies, exploring the effects of external quality processes on institutions and programmes. The summary, probably for the first time,…
Descriptors: Feedback, Quality Control, Educational Quality, Higher Education
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Harvey, Lee – Teaching in Higher Education, 2002
Explores external quality monitoring in higher education, including types of external bodies, their modus operandi, and reasons for evaluation. Concludes that external evaluation is legitimating the status quo, failing to ask significant questions about the reality of learning experiences for students. Suggests that quality monitoring engage more…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Educational Quality, Evaluation Methods