Accreditation and Evaluation in the European Higher by Stefanie Schwarz, Don F. Westerheijden

By Stefanie Schwarz, Don F. Westerheijden

This quantity offers a wealthy account of the advance of accreditation and evaluate in 20 eu nations. The authors are leaders within the box and so they have cooperated during this attempt by means of writing richly diversified, frequently deep and insightful analyses of the location of their kingdom. the 2 editors have extra a synopsis detailing the most developments, and sketching commonalities in addition to contrasts within the advancements throughout Europe. The publication exhibits how accreditation is turning into a chief mechanism within the steerage of upper schooling in all places Europe. The booklet is exclusive in its research of forces using in the direction of the unfold of alternative types of accreditation within the rising ecu larger schooling quarter. Readers will receive an updated photo of the situation of accreditation within the framework of review actions in Europe. they're going to achieve an knowing of why accreditation and evaluate structures have developed the best way they've got, and consequently, they'll receive extra practical perspectives on possibilities for eu comparison and cooperation during this area.

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1998). e. as long as one does not get too heavy criticism from the review teams) the impetus for quality improvement from external evaluations remained rare (Jeliazkova & Westerheijden, 2000; Jeliazkova & Westerheijden, 2002). To the extent that information was aimed at through evaluation, the proof of the pudding would be that students made more informed choices in selecting their location of study. Actual empirical research on this question was not mentioned in the reports underlying the present study.

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The United Kingdom, Italy) or internationally (EQUIS), only cover units in their own field, and that, being voluntary, higher education institutions are free to take or not to take such an accreditation. g. accountancy or engineering in the United Kingdom, engineering in Portugal). In the majority of countries, the study programme is the ‘unit of analysis’ in accreditation schemes in Europe. That is to say that the main judgements resulting from accreditation schemes pertain to individual programmes of study (Table 6).

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