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Structural Comparison of Quality Assurance Systems in Europe and the United States. Christopher Vinger, Berkeley College 30 th Annual EAIR Forum Copenhagen, Denmark. Overview. US model of quality assurance European model of quality assurance Comparison of QA structures

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Structural comparison of quality assurance systems in europe and the united states

Structural Comparison of Quality Assurance Systems in Europe and the United States

Christopher Vinger, Berkeley College

30th Annual EAIR Forum

Copenhagen, Denmark


Overview
Overview and the United States

  • US model of quality assurance

  • European model of quality assurance

  • Comparison of QA structures

  • Comparison of QA processes

  • Discussion




Qa structures and processes
QA Structures and Processes and the United States

  • Explicit representation of various constituent groups in EHEA, while US has more restricted participation

  • Tensions between state and national policy interests (US)

  • Tensions between national and supra-national policy interests (EHEA)


Implications
Implications and the United States

  • Differing levels of influence of various policy actors

  • Implications for continued or growing institutional autonomy

  • QA processes focused on accountability or quality improvement – what is the appropriate mix?


Discussion
Discussion and the United States

  • ENQA approach as purposeful response to globalisation pressures?

  • Diversity of US institution types often leads to disparate strategies, creating winners and losers in globalisation

  • Comments, critiques, observations, and thoughts?

    Contact info:

    Christopher Vinger

    [email protected]

    212-986-4343 x1110


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