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A book explores how to make accreditation more effective

A book explores how to make accreditation more effective | Quality Assurance in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In a recently released book, Gaston tackles big questions about accreditation while also giving plenty of detail about how the agencies work. We caught up with him over email to discuss some of the topics covered in the book, which is titled Higher Education Accreditation: How It’s Changing and Why It Must.

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Compare and contrast the US situation with the one in Europe and, if you are European, understand how much further the discussion has come in the European Higher Education Area.

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Accreditation helps limit government intrusion in U.S. higher education (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

Accreditation helps limit government intrusion in U.S. higher education (essay) | Inside Higher Ed | Quality Assurance in Higher Education | Scoop.it

During one of our many fascinating conversations with high-ranking education officials from the Shanghai district, one of them leaned close to us and asked, in a very serious tone, “How is it that you Americans are so successful at keeping your government from interfering in the operation of your universities?”

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Accreditation can -and should- be used to strengthen institutional autonomy (and fend off the government).

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Outcomes-Based Education

Outcomes-Based Education | Quality Assurance in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Traditionally, teachers used to plan their teaching by asking such questions as: What topics or content do I teach? What teaching methods do I use? How do I assess to see if the students have taken...
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"So the outcome-based education has metamorphosed into Outcomes-Based Quality Assurance". It seems the focus on learning outcomes is a global trend.

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Accreditors Debate the Merits—and Feasibility—of Global Standards

Accreditors Debate the Merits—and Feasibility—of Global Standards | Quality Assurance in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A worldwide accreditation process would be hard to carry out, and university rankings may already be fulfilling that role, said experts at a conference.
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Interesting to see the arguments of those oppose global standards. Given these, the European Standards and Guidelines should not exist.

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U. of the People earns accreditation, challenging view that agencies stifle innovation | Inside Higher Ed

U. of the People earns accreditation, challenging view that agencies stifle innovation  | Inside Higher Ed | Quality Assurance in Higher Education | Scoop.it

It's not hard to find examples in which accrediting agencies have in one way or the other put the kibosh on programs or institutions that supporters see as important experiments, most recently the Ivy Bridge College partnership between Altius Education and Tiffin University, the latest cause célèbre for the "accreditation as innovation killer" crowd.

ECA's insight:

Well, it is not the gun that kills, it is the guy/gal that pulls the trigger.

 

And do take notice of the investment: three years and $1.5 million to earn DETC accreditation.

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The significance of Quality Assurance Framework

The significance of Quality Assurance Framework | Quality Assurance in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) should not be viewed or treated as a cosmetic exercise that adds more work to the already heavy workload of academic and administrative staff in colleges, universities, in preparatory institutions as well as comprehensive secondary schools. Where possible the QAF should articulate, borrow from and integrate with an institution's existing quality assurance measures.

ECA's insight:

The Ethiopian developments are not new but remain significant: "The quality spirit of the quality assurance framework should transcend from an external measure to an internal measure present in individual staff members' habits of mind and in an organization's culture." 

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NAAC to move out of regulator UGC's shadow - The Times of India

NAAC to move out of regulator UGC's shadow - The Times of India | Quality Assurance in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In a watershed decision, the human resource development ministry has asked the NAAC, the country's accreditation body for higher education institutions, to snap ties with the University Grants Commission (UGC).
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"The ministry will take the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) under its wings." and "... the NAAC, whose inspections have been the subject of intense scrutiny and debate while attracting widespread allegations of favours taken and given, has to be revamped and "sanitized"."

From the outside, it is sometimes difficult to see the bigger picture. In this case, I wonder if the bigger picture is seen on the inside.

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It's Time for a New Definition of Accreditation

It's Time for a New Definition of Accreditation | Quality Assurance in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Academe still holds on to notions that colleges’ system of quality assurance is voluntary. Why do we cling to this story?

The impending review and renewal of the Higher Education Act will be a defining moment in the tumultuous relationship between higher-education accreditation and the political forces of government. Many people in the academic world resist the inevitable and continuing political demands for greater openness, clinging to an almost romantic view of the academy, rooted in self governance, independence, and collegiality.

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