This book addresses current debates on academic standards and quality assurance from the perspectives of institutional leaders, national quality bodies and higher education researchers. It includes reports on the progress of several international quality initiatives and the results of studies of the impact of external quality assurance upon management and decision-making in higher education institutions.The articles are selected from papers contributed to conferences organised by the programme for Institutional Management in Higher Education of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris in December 1995 and by the Open University's Quality Support Centre in London in February 1996.
The late Peter de Vries was Projects and Development Officer in the Quality Support Centre of the Open University. Ruth Williams is a member of the Quality Support Centre.
Contributors: John Brennan, Quality Supprt Centre. David D. Dill, University of North Carolina. Vin Massaro, Flinders University. David Woodhouse, New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit. Marie-Odile Ottenwaelter, Comite National d'Education. Christian Thune, Centre for Quality Assurance and Evaluation of Higher Education. Ruth Williams, Quality Support Centre. Roger Brown, Higher Education Quality Council. David Watson, Univeristy of Brighton. Janet Finch, Keele University. Tony Becher, University of Sussex. Andris Barblan, Association of European Universities. Andre Staropoli, Comite National d'Education. Tarla Shah, Quality Support Centre. Lars Engwall, University of Uppsala. Palle Rasmussen, Aalborg University. Gay Baldwin, Monash University
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