24 août 2010

Quality Assurance and Accreditation: A Glossary of Basic Terms and Definitions

The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS) was established in 2005 and is an autonomous public institution, of national interest, whose main mission is the external evaluation of the Romanian higher education’s quality, at the level of study programmes, as well as from the institutional point of view. The Agency is carrying out its activity according to the best international practices, which are taken in its own Methodology and whose implementation is focused towards quality assurance and evaluation of the Romanian higher education, as part of the European Higher Education Area.
Aracis published: Glossary – Terms and definitions in quality assurance and accreditation in higher education.

There has always been an individual and social need to improve the quality of life of people, including the quality of what they learn over many years of organized schooling, how they learn it, and why they learn it. Concerns about the quality of higher education are also not recent, being an intrinsic part of any discussion on the subject. Over the years, various developments have taken place relative to the assessment, monitoring, and improvement of the quality of different components of higher education (its governance, its contents, its forms of pedagogy, the services offered, etc.). What is new refers to those developments which are related to quality assurance and its management. Concepts such as “quality assessment”, “quality evaluation”, and “quality assurance” are widely used today within the wider processes of managing quality. Frequently used, these concepts are also frequently misused.Download Glossary.

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