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Essays on Supportive Peer Review

Edited book
Authors Alberto Amaral
Airi Rovio-Johansson
Maria João Rosa
Don F Westerheijden
ISBN 978-1-60456-729-8
Publisher NOVA Science Publishers
Place of publication New York
Publication year 2008
Published at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Language en
Subject categories Business Administration

Abstract

Quality is playing an increasingly important role following recent developments in European Higher Education. The inclusion of quality assurance within the framework of the Bologna process, a new trend of competition and stratification of the European Higher Education Area, the increasing emergence of the markets as instruments of public policy and the loss of trust in institutions as a consequence of the progressive adoption of New Public Management have changed the traditional relationship between higher education institutions and society and governments and the role and objectives of quality assurance systems. It is in this fast changing context that the detailed analysis of the Institution Evaluation Programme (IEP) of the European University Association (EUA) becomes a very interesting case study due to the special characteristics of IEP which probably is the only durable European example of ‘supportive peer review’. The IEP is a special example due to its unique methodology that aims at supporting universities in their efforts to improve their quality management mechanisms and adapt to change. This methodology also makes IEP extremely flexible, being easily adaptable to different levels of evaluation (whole institutions, special services, single specialised faculties, regions and even whole systems). The book includes a number of research based papers with stronger theoretical content and chapters that describe aspects of IEP. EUA, seat in Brussels, is the result of a merger in 2001 between the Association of European Universities (CRE, founded 1959 in France) and the Confederation of European Union Rectors’ Conferences. EUA has conducted evaluations in more than 250 universities in 46 countries during the past 14 years (mainly in Europe but also in Latin America and South Africa).

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