Discussion Paper: Private Higher Education Institutions and Quality Assurance (2010)
In almost all European countries private higher education institutions (PHEIs) form a considerable part of the Higher Education sector. In this discusion paper the authors (who are members of ECA WG 2) deal with the specific characteristics of the private higher education sector; with the definition of PHEIs; and with the diversity of this sector, which has been translated into a number of dimensions to classify the PHEIs. Based on these dimensions the risks regarding the accreditation or evaluation of the programmes the PHEIs deliver are discussed. The discussion paper concludes with some recommendations for the QA agencies in evaluating PHEIs.