The Danish experience: An empirical study of the impact of accreditation on the quality work of higher education institutions

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Author(s)Martin Sørensen, Julia Salado-Rasmussen, Christian Moldt
Since the introduction of the current Danish accreditation system in 2008 more than 400 professionally oriented programmes have undergone accreditation. Given the resources the HEIs invest in accreditation processes, it’s interesting to examine whether the accreditation system has had a positive impact on the HEIs’ quality work. In order to answer this question, the Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA) is carrying out an empirical study that explores how HEIs experience the impact of accreditation on their quality work. The aim of the workshop is to present the preliminary results of the study and explore if and how external quality assurance can enhance the HEIs’ own quality work. The main question for discussion is: what impact can and should we expect of external quality assurance? Participants will be asked to discuss the preliminary Danish results and share their own experiences or research, and encouraged to discuss the conditions that can support or limit enhancement of the quality work.
CategoriesQuality of HE » 2012 7th EQAF