Quality Education

2020 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökçin Özuyar, Tony Wall

Quality Control in Higher Education

  • Suresh GargEmail author
  • Madhulika Kaushik
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95870-5_47


The dictionary meaning of quality is “degree of excellence” and “superiority in kind.” It is the result of all-round intelligent effort and is one of the most important issues in present-day higher education ecosystem. However, perceptions of leading educationists about quality vary considerably; some consider it as fitness of purpose and conformance to standards (Green 1994), while others look at it as value for money, relevance to world of work and perfection, and consistency in performance (Powar and Panda 1995). As a continuing march toward excellence, quality becomes an attribute of scholarship.

Quality control entails assessment of nature and extent of quality deficit in each sub-system and devising ways to improve quality so that it is recognized in international job market. In this perspective, it can be viewed as synonymous to quality assessment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Usha Martin UniversityRanchiIndia

Section editors and affiliations

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  1. 1.Centre for Global Sustainability StudiesUniversiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia