Quality Assurance and Control

This entry outlines some of the different processes that quality assurance and quality control in higher education have followed. The entry shows how quality control processes have evolved from internal scrutiny accompanied by a system of internally appointed external examiners to processes of external inspection and accreditation and ultimately to the creation of codes and guidance on best practice. It begins by looking at the UK model and then examines international examples from Australia, the Caribbean, and China to illustrate different international trends and contrasting approaches.


Quality assurance is generally taken to refer to the means by which a body or an institution can guarantee that the standards and quality of its educational provision are being maintained and, indeed, enhanced. It sits alongside the concept of ...

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