Promoting quality enhancement through joint evaluation. A case study of the implementation of the second cycle in three Swedish universities with a view to quality enhancement and benchmarking

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Author(s)Hanne Smidt, U. Dalnäs, Kristina Josefson, Maivor Sjölund
Developing internal quality assurance has been high on the agenda of European higher education policy in the past ten years, but it has mainly been developed with a focus on processes in individual institutions. ”The Swedish Master Project” has enlarged the scope of internal quality assurance in a unique collaboration between Gothenburg, Lund and Uppsala universities to initiate jointly comparative internal quality assurance. The paper will discuss the challenges encountered and the benefits of the co-operation in the area of joint internal quality assurance, especially the introduction of new degrees. The presentation will particularly address questions related to: The collection and use of key figures and the problems that they raise, especially when used for benchmarking; The challenges and benefits of joint institutional collaboration in internal quality assurance.
CategoriesQuality of HE » 2010 5th EQAF