By Chiara Orsingher

European better schooling associations are dealing with in those final years a few correct political and social alterations that experience requested for extra transparency, responsibility, comparison and legitimacy of levels. In gentle of those new demanding situations, the nice majority of universities have spoke back via imposing caliber insurance tactics, both via assessment or via accreditation. This ebook collects the review and accreditation reports amassed by means of better schooling associations in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the uk and Sweden. It offers an artificial photo of the current kingdom of caliber coverage practices in Europe and gives a number of classes for a destiny eu size of caliber coverage.

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5 The Quality Assurance Agency In order to review standards and quality it is necessary to clearly define the following terms. ). It should be a similar level across the UK [1]. Academic quality indicates how effectively the learning opportunities made available to students help them in achieving their awards. This means checking that appropriate and effective teaching, support assessment and learning opportunities are provided. In 1997, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) of higher education was established to provide an integrated quality assurance service for UK higher education.

Of course, translations of descriptive profiles into a score could create limitations in making comparative judgements between the programmes and the institutions providing them. In Scotland the TQA examined quality at subject level from 1993 to 1998 under five headings. Judgment was not based on numeric scores, as in England. During the last year of the review cycle a revised method of assessment was introduced, based on the six elements implemented by the English method. Also Wales implemented an independent method to examine the quality of higher education provision from 1993 to 1998.

The Academic Board is responsible for these quality assurance procedures, but the University's quality assurance system entrusts committees and individuals with specific responsibilities. Moreover, a quality control scheme is necessary to support the quality assurance system. All quality procedures operate through the principle of peer review and will be implemented by taking into consideration the judgment of people involved in them. Records and audit trails are published, so that the University can demonstrate the probity of its procedure.

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