Building bridges for transferring what? Isomorphism vs. Legitimacy

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Author(s)Susanna Karakhanyan, Ruben Topchyan
The paper seeks to understand how higher education policy from the European Community is transferred to developing countries and beyond. This study aims, in particular, to delve deeper into the actual implementation of quality assurance from the perception of seven Armenian tertiary level institutions involved in a pilot of the national quality assurance standards and criteria. The main findings show that setting too broad a standard and/or guideline creates room for a variety of interpretations leading to deviation from its original purposes, thus questioning alignment and, therefore, recognition. Alternatively, the isomorphs model, in the form of best practices transferred, may generate legitimacy issues – a prerequisite for success. The major implication of the study is that applying quality assurance standards and guidelines accompanied by an explanation of the underlying philosophies and mechanisms does indeed lead to capacity building, establishment of one‟s own models, thus legitimising the latter on one hand and aligning them with EU approaches on the other.
CategoriesQuality of HE » 2010 5th EQAF