Quality assessment is the evaluation of the quality itself. Assessment tries to collect data, information and evidence of the quality of the higher education institution as a whole (institutional assessment) or its core activities separately (programme assessment). It goes beyond quality procedures (although it will be included) and tries to judge the quality of input, process and output. Assessment does not necessarily lead to a formal accreditation decision. However, formal accreditation needs to be based on assessment.
- International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education, Clarification and Glossary, 2002