EU Report on Progress in Quality Assurance in Higher Education (2014)

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Front page of the publication.
Front page of the publication

Full title
Report on Progress in Quality Assurance in Higher Education Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions

Abstract
This second report on quality assurance in higher education in Europe is published in response to a request by the European Parliament and the Council in 2006 (Parliament and Council Recommendation on further European cooperation in quality assurance in higher education (2006)). The report looks at developments at national, European and international levels, and focuses on trends since the first progress report of 2009. The report puts forward the potential of quality assurance to support reform both at system and institutional level, and outlines the role which the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, Erasmus+, aims to play in supporting cross-border cooperation in quality assurance.


Authors: European Commission.


Cite:
European Commission. (2014). Report on progress in quality assurance in higher education. Report to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Download



The Report on Progress in Quality Assurance in Higher Education (2014) focuses on trends since the progress report of 2009.

The report describes some of the more significant developments and trends in quality assurance of higher education. The report outlines the contribution that quality assurance has had in:

  • supporting the academic community, students and other stakeholders in reaching quality goals;
  • helping institutions to broaden access and ensure that students complete their degrees;
  • supporting higher education institutions in providing students with high quality, relevant skills;
  • supporting study mobility and internationalisation.

The report underlines the importance of developing quality culture in higher education institutions and points to the value of quality assurance at the institutional level which it says “empowers academics and higher education institutions to build curricula and to ensure their quality, avoiding the need for formal, external accreditation of each individual programme”.

The concluding section outlines the role which the new EU programme, Erasmus+, aims to play in supporting cross-border cooperation in quality assurance.


Source

European Commission. (2014). Report on progress in quality assurance in higher education. Report to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.


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