Quality of Higher Education Systems

  • Ross Williams
  • Gaétan de Rassenfosse
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_38-1

Synonyms

Definition

The degree to which a system of higher education meets personal and national needs in an efficient manner.

The “quality” of a national system of higher education is a multidimensional concept. Quality is most frequently measured in terms of outcomes, but outcomes depend on the input of adequate resources and favorable public policy – themselves measures of quality as they signal government commitment to education. The relationship between inputs and outcomes provides a measure of value added or efficiency that represents a further element of quality. A well-performing system requires appropriate quality-ensuring processes to be in place at both the institutional and national level. Reputation is yet another dimension of quality. It combines a multitude of measures, but in essence it is a summary measure of past values of actual performance.

Quality must be evaluated against the missions of the system. In very general terms,...

Keywords

High Education High Education System Quality Assurance Measure International Ranking National Qualification Framework 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Melbourne InstituteUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.College of Management of TechnologyEcole polytechnique fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland