165EN (dragged)University World News: a study by the European Commission “found quality assurance agencies to be minimally involved in assessing or monitoring activity in areas that are considered top policy priorities across Europe.”

“Despite paying considerable lip service to hot higher education issues such as access, retention and employability, most European countries are failing to set clear and precise targets or monitor progress in these areas, and their approaches and levels of engagement differ greatly, says a report published by the European Commission last week.

In the area of access, for instance, only nine European countries have actually defined attainment targets for specific groups, monitoring of diversity is rare and even where information exists it is usually not exploited.

Further, the study found quality assurance agencies to be minimally involved in assessing or monitoring activity in areas that are considered top policy priorities across Europe.

The report, Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Access, retention and employability 2014, was produced by the European Commission, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, and Eurydice.”

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