Higher Education Dynamics

Public Policy for Academic Quality

Analyses of Innovative Policy Instruments

Editors: Dill, David D., Beerkens, Maarja (Eds.)

  • Summarizes the results from the multi-year international research program on Public Policy for Academic Quality (PPAQ)
  • Presents analyses of fourteen innovative national academic quality assurance instruments, which provide systematic, fair-minded assessments of the goals, implementation problems, and impacts of these new policies
  • The authors of each analysis are respected and informed international scholars in the field
  • Includes an assessment of the lessons learned from the collected analyses and suggests the national framework conditions necessary to assure academic standards
  • Unique in providing systematic policy analyses of new and innovative national quality assurance policies
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About this book

This volume summarizes a significant body of research systematically analyzing innovative external quality assurance policies in higher education around the world. It will be essential reading for policy makers, administrators and researchers alike.

Over the last decade the structure of higher education in most countries has undergone significant change. This change, brought about by social demands for expanded access, technological developments, and market forces, has seen the traditional concerns with access and cost supplemented by a fresh concern with academic quality. As a result new public policies on academic quality assurance have rapidly emerged and migrated around the globe.

However, the public debate about new academic quality assurance policies, both within and across countries, has not always been informed by reliable analyses of the strengths and weaknesses of these innovative instruments. It is this gap that the current edited volume seeks to fill. It is based on the work of the Public Policy for Academic Quality research program (PPAQ), which was designed to provide systematic analyses of innovative external quality assurance policies around the world. This volume, informed by key international scholars, presents the fourteen analyses conducted as part of the PPAQ research program. Each analysis examines the policy goals, implementation problems, and impacts of these newly developed national quality assurance instruments. The book concludes with an assessment of the lessons learned from these collected policy analyses and outlines the framework conditions that appear essential for assuring academic standards in the university sector.

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From the reviews:

“There is much of interest in this book for students of public policy for academic quality. An impressive array of talented authors contributes the case studies. Even if the reader is familiar with the specific topic, each chapter managed to produce some unusual nuggets of information in addition to capturing the main components of the debate over design and implementation. … The volume, laudably, argues for scholarly, evidence-based, and reliable approaches to public-policy initiatives to assure academic standards and quality.” (George Gordon, Educational Review, October, 2011)

“Having an entire book discussing the concept of academic quality … is very innovative and instructive. … Public policy for academic quality does a very good job in including instruments of analysis which help the reader to understand academic quality in many forms. … The main focus of Public policy for academic quality on academic quality and its illustrations through country case studies makes this book a very pleasant read. Many instruments are student-based regulations, which help to illustrate policies and instruments for lifelong learning.” (Ali Ait Si Mhamed, International Review of Education, Vol. 57 (5-6), December, 2011)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Dill, David D. (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • External Examiner System in the UK: Fresh Challenges to an Old System

    Lewis, Richard

    Pages 21-36

  • The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) in the USA

    El-Khawas, Elaine

    Pages 37-54

  • The CHE University Ranking in Germany

    Beerkens, Maarja (et al.)

    Pages 61-82

  • The US National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

    Ewell, Peter T.

    Pages 83-97

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eBook $189.00
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Hardcover $239.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-3753-4
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $239.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3222-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Public Policy for Academic Quality
Book Subtitle
Analyses of Innovative Policy Instruments
Editors
  • David D. Dill
  • Maarja Beerkens
Series Title
Higher Education Dynamics
Series Volume
30
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3754-1
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3754-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3753-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3222-3
Series ISSN
1571-0378
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 271
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