Managing Quality in Higher Education: An International Perspective on Institutional Assessment and Change

Managing Quality in Higher Education: An International Perspective on Institutional Assessment and Change

Managing Quality in Higher Education: An International Perspective on Institutional Assessment and Change

Managing Quality in Higher Education: An International Perspective on Institutional Assessment and Change

Synopsis

This text reports on a series of case studies on managing and assessing quality in higher education from 29 institutions and several national quality agencies, gathered from 17 countries.

Excerpt

This book is the outcome of a project sponsored by the OECD Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE), with support from the European Commission and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The project was entitled 'Quality Management, Quality Assessment and the Decision-Making Process' and had two main objectives: (1) to clarify the purposes, methods and intended outcomes of different national systems of quality assessment, and (2) to investigate their impact on institutional management and decision-making. The latter was achieved through a series of institutional and national quality agency case studies.

First and foremost, therefore, we would like to thank all the authors of both the institutional and national quality agency case studies without whose contribution this book could not have been written. We would also like to thank Pierre Laderrière, firstly as the source of much stimulation and assistance during the course of the project in his capacity as Head of the IMHE Programme, and then for his contribution as 'critical reader' of an early draft of the book. Our thanks also to Tony Becher, another critical reader, for his useful comments and suggestions on the overall structure and contents of the book. We are very grateful to Jacqueline Smith of IMHE for her assistance in the co-ordination, liaison with authors and publication of the case studies. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Vin Massaro, Palle Rasmussen and the late Paul LeVasseur to the project design, in particular the nature and scope of the case studies. Finally, our thanks to Deana Parker for her invaluable assistance during the preparation of the book.

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