Students’ QA Experiences: An introduction to the Institutional Audits and Programme Accreditation

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Year2008
Author(s)Juhana Harju
Abstract
In Europe, countries or regions have approached external accountability in higher education through programme accreditations as well as institutional accreditations or audits. There is an on-going debate on the benefits and disadvantages of both approaches. This session will analyse how students, who have been involved in these evaluations, see their possibilities to influence the quality of the higher education. Do students consider these accreditations and audits to have an impact on the education offered by higher education institutions? What are the perceived pros and cons of the different approaches from a students’ perspective? The session will
discuss experiences from two different angles: institutional audits (Finland) and programme accreditations (Belgium Flemish community).
CategoriesQuality of HE » 2008 3rd EQAF