Assessing Quality in European Higher Education Institutions: by Chiara Orsingher

By Chiara Orsingher

European better schooling associations are dealing with in those final years a couple of suitable political and social alterations that experience requested for extra transparency, responsibility, comparison and legitimacy of levels. In mild of those new demanding situations, the nice majority of universities have answered through imposing caliber insurance tactics, both via overview or via accreditation. This ebook collects the review and accreditation stories accrued via larger schooling associations in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the uk and Sweden. It offers an artificial photograph of the current kingdom of caliber insurance practices in Europe and gives a couple of classes for a destiny eu size of caliber insurance.

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Although professional bodies usually have an on-going relationship with contact people within the academic department (subject contacts), the Head of Academic Audit Unit is responsible for the official correspondence with external institutions in this field. The Academic Audit Unit maintains a record of all involvement activities with professional bodies and external agencies. These records will be periodically updated in consultation with subject contacts. All the remaining formal reports concerning quality provision, such as final validation accreditation visit reports, are kept by Academic Audit Unit.

References 1. uk 2. A brief guide to quality assurance in UK higher education, published by Quality Assurance Agency of Higher Education, 2003, ppl-20 3. htm 4. htm 5. uk 6. London Metropolitan University, Postgraduates and Professional Courses 2004-05 7. London Metropolitan University, Academic Regulation 2003-04, pp 1156 8. London Metropolitan University, Quality Assurance Handbook, September 2003, pp. 1-127 9. uk/services/quality&standards/ 10. London Metropolitan University, Managing for Quality - a holistic model by Jill Grinstead http ://www.

The confirmed validation report is submitted to the Quality and Standards Committee, which usually approves it. The validation report is then sent to the host department and to other University staff, if necessary. The course leader is responsible for the course handbook and for other related module booklets. The handbook is very useful for teaching staff and students. It describes the course structure and its regulations. For each course approved a course handbook is provided. An electronic copy of this handbook is sent by the course leader to the Quality Unit, when a new course is approved or whenever the course handbook or the booklets are modified, so that the central record of the University's courses is constantly updated.

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