ERIC Number: EJ681222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Reference Count: 21
Licence to Kill: About Accreditation Issues and James Bond
Quality in Higher Education, v10 n3 p285-293 Nov 2004
Accreditation has become something of a hot topic in higher education. In Europe it has been described as a 'Licence to Kill'. The James Bond metaphor is particularly illustrative when reflecting on quality assurance challenges in higher education. Publications on this subject in recent years reveal that the array of issues associated with accreditation are eminently explainable using titles of Bond films. This article addresses various accreditation topics, beginning with the origin, the necessity of a world standard and comparability of systems. Although the Bologna Declaration aims at quality assurance convergence, it seems that, from a system point of view, divergence is the main trend. The present evaluation scene is dominated by the concept of 'peer-evaluation'. This lays an emphasis on the working methods as will be illustrated using a Dutch trial accreditation report. Last but not least, the article pays attention to the accreditation results, in particular, the follow-up procedures. In theory, there are consequences in the event of critical reports and serious shortcomings but in practice the systems aim at improvement. Perhaps stimulatory supervisions will become the new evaluation hype.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Quality Control, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Academic Standards, International Cooperation
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Education Level: Higher Education
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