Higher Education

, Volume 61, Issue 2, pp 179–191

Quality assurance at a distance: international accreditation in Taiwan higher education

Article

Abstract

In response to the global competitiveness in higher education, the government, in recent years, has encouraged Taiwan colleges and universities to seek international accreditation, which raises several questions, such as jurisdiction over national accreditation, a single set of standards for local and global quality assurance, demand for the mutual recognition of review outcomes, etc. With the looming pressures for change that international accreditation will likely pose on a Taiwan national framework of quality assurance, multiple impacts on institutions and national accrediting agencies in Taiwan are now beginning to be increasingly felt. Hence, this paper examines current academic international accreditation programs and institutions, recognizes Taiwan’s accrediting organizations, and analyzes the challenges that institutions and national accrediting agencies are facing.

Keywords

International accreditation Quality assurance Taiwan higher education Accrediting agencies 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Faculty Development & Instructional Resources, Graduate School of Educational Leadership and DevelopmentFu Jen Catholic University, Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of TaiwanSinjhuang CityTaiwan (R.O.C.)

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