Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Trends in Regulation, Translation and Transformation

Front Cover
Don F. Westerheijden, Bjorn Stensaker, Maria Joao Rosa
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 4, 2007 - Education - 264 pages

By bringing together leading experts on quality assurance in higher education from seven countries (from Europe, the USA and South Africa), this volume intends to go several steps further than most publications on quality assurance. First, it brings together views from micro to macro levels in the multi-actor space, showing how quality assurance impacts the higher education system throughout. Second, it links quality assurance solidly to issues of regulation, translation (rather than mechanical ‘implementation’) and transformation, instead of being only focused on quality assurance as a single policy instrument. Third, it uses this broad range of research insights to criticize current practices, explaining for instance why sometimes people have difficulty in tracing any concrete effects of all initiatives taken in this area. Finally, the book offers proposals for better focusing quality assurance in the future to address institutional challenges better.

The general purpose of the book then is to give an engaged, academic reflection on how quality assurance is embedded in higher education and in a dynamic way to assess its impacts and potential improvements.

From inside the book


Will Market Competition Assure Academic Quality?
States and Europe and Quality of Higher Education
Exploring the Translation
External Review and Institutional
A Selfassessment of Higher Education Institutions from
Moving On
Conclusions and Further Challenges

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 234 - It blesseth him that gives and him that takes : 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown ; His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; But mercy is above this sceptred sway; It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God's When mercy seasons justice.
Page 158 - On the one hand, it stands for the entire constellation of beliefs, values, techniques, and so on shared by the members of a given community.
Page ii - Jones, University of Toronto, Canada SCOPE OF THE SERIES Higher Education Dynamics is a bookseries intending to study adaptation processes and their outcomes in higher education at all relevant levels. In addition it wants to examine the way interactions between these levels affect adaptation processes. It aims at applying general social science concepts and theories as well as testing theories in the field of higher education research. It wants to do so in a manner that is of relevance to all those...
Page 25 - A central thesis of this paper is that, as a rule, regulation is acquired by the industry and is designed and operated primarily for its benefit.
Page 192 - Results" criteria cover what an organization achieves. "Results" are caused by "Enablers". The Model, which recognises that there are many approaches to achieving sustainable excellence in all aspects of performance, is based on the premise that excellent results with respect to Performance, Customers, People and Society are achieved through Leadership driving Policy and Strategy, People, Partnerships and Resources, and Processes'.
Page 25 - The transfer itself may be costless, but the prospect of the transfer leads individuals and groups to invest resources in either attempting to obtain a transfer or to resist a transfer away from themselves.
Page 37 - It is also concerned with the willingness of a society to acquire knowledge and learning, to induce innovation, to undertake risk and creative activity of all sorts, as well as to resolve problems and bottlenecks of the society through time.
Page 94 - Trends in Learning Structures in European Higher Education. III. Bologna Four Years After: Steps towards Sustainable Reform of Higher Education in Europe, EUA/European Commission, Brussels.
Page 94 - Homogenization, Integration and Convergence: The Cheshire Cats of Higher Education Analysis." In Meek, VL, L. Goedegebuure, O. Kivinen, and R. Rinne (eds). The Mockers and Mocked: Comparative Perspectives on Differentiation, Convergence and Diversity in Higher Education. Oxford: Pergamon, 1995, 26-41.

Bibliographic information