Assessment of Higher Education in Brazil, the United States, and the Netherlands: Enhancing Quality or a Regulation Instrument?

  • Danielle Xabregas Pamplona Nogueira
  • Catarina de Almeida Santos
  • Girlene Ribeiro de Jesus
Part of the Intercultural Studies in Education book series (ISE)


This study aims to analyze and compare the relationship between offer configuration and assessment models for higher education in Brazil, the United States, and the Netherlands. The analysis is derived from original empirical research. The research was documentary in form and analyzed higher education census material from three countries, considering the rules that institute and implement higher educational national assessment systems. Conclusions show that the role of the state, regarding higher education, is similar in Brazil and the United States, where the predominance of offerings are private. In these countries, assessment focuses on regulation of the system—the results of which are used to drive accountability. In the Netherlands, the state is principally responsibility for higher education offerings—accreditation procedures aim to improve and maintain the quality of the higher education system.


Higher education quality Higher education assessment Higher education regulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danielle Xabregas Pamplona Nogueira
    • 1
  • Catarina de Almeida Santos
    • 1
  • Girlene Ribeiro de Jesus
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of BrasíliaBrasíliaBrazil

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