Greek quality assurance challenges beyond 2010

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Author(s)Antigoni Papadimitriou, Don F. Westerheijden
Abstract
This paper covers the ‚meta-quality assurance law‛ period (2006-2009) in Greek higher education and offers a dialogue of the ‚challenges beyond 2010‛. This paper incorporates multiple views of the Quality Assurance (QA) policy as we try to ‚navigate in the archipelagos of Greek higher education‛ under ‚ever changing weather conditions.‛ QA is regarded by Greek actors as relating to laws and regulations; i.e. the policy and managerial side of QA. In neo-institutional theory terms, this equals coercive pressure. The collegial aspects of QA are better understood, however, as normative (and mimetic) pressures. We argue that for QA to be also directed towards quality improvement, both managerial and collegial aspects are needed. Indeed, the adoption of QA for accountability and performance improvement requires the tripod of coercive, normative and mimetic isomorphism.
CategoriesQuality of HE » 2009 4th EQAF