LogoLast week, the European Commission published its Report on Progress in Quality Assurance in Higher Education. The new publication follows a first report published in 2009 which responded to an invitation from the European Parliament and Council in 2006 to report on progress in quality assurance.
It focuses on trends since 2009 and the potential of quality assurance (QA) to support reform both at system and institutional level, and outlines the role which the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, Erasmus+, aims to play in supporting cross-border cooperation in QA.
The report notes, for example, the importance of developing quality culture in higher education institutions and also points to the value of institutional evaluation which it states “empowers academics and HEIs to build curricula and to ensure their quality, avoiding the need for formal, external accreditation of each individual programme”. These are issues which the European University Association (EUA) has highlighted repeatedly and are outlined in its 2010 Policy Statement on Quality and Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area.
The European Commission report, which draws on a wide range of sources, including a number of EUA reports/studies (such as the Trends 2010 report, and the Examining Quality Culture report), can be downloaded here.
On the same day it launched the report on QA in higher education, the European Commission also released its report on QA in vocational education and training, which is available here. Read more...