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Quality assurance in education


Group for specialists of quality assurance offices, department and cells. Participants can add useful and simply interesting materials, create discussions on professional issues and topics.
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Making Sense of College Rankings: Significance and Weaknesses

Today, rankings play a formidable role in establishing reputation of universities and colleges and their position in the education market. Although rankings have a great influence on higher education, society and even national policy orientation, ranking systems are often heavily criticized for certain drawbacks. Read more about significance of ranking systems and their weaknesses that should be understood and recognized.

Dmitry Darius 0

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How can universities hang on to their students?

The UK is known to be the world leader in terms of student retention. However, a huge variation within the country can be observed, depending on the type of student and university. When students drop out, this can be very costly to universities. So, what are the best ways to improve continuation rates? How strategies should universities use to make students feel more comfortable and help those who are at risk of dropping out? Read more to find out.

Cristina Parulava 0

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Universities must move from teaching to transforming

In an ever-changing economic climate, universities have to make business education go beyond the theoretical and develop entrepreneurial thinking and build entrepreneurial mindsets among students. What are critical success factors for universities to support and enable youth entrepreneurship education? What teaching and learning approaches should be used to develop abilities and skills students need to be successful entrepreneurs? Read more to find out.
Dmitry Darius 0

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A collective way for faculty to transform education

The best approach to education quality assurance is a collective one. For the purposes of quality assurance, such communities as a faculty learning community or a community of practice are established. What components do they consist of? What are the goals and functions of FLCs and CoPs? How do they improve academic performance? Read more to find out how FLCs’ and CoPs’ activities transform teaching and learning processes and influence their quality.


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Against a managerialist approach to higher education

How is the concept of quality understood by academics and students? What lies at the centre of some quality evaluation approaches and what important things are often ignored? What are the best ways to refine quality evaluation through improving the practice of teaching and learning? Read more in the review by the higher education quality expert from England.
Cristina Parulava 0

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Incentives for academics can have unintended, negative consequences

In South Africa, as in some other countries, academics and their institutions receive financial incentives for encouraging them to publish more. On the one hand, it’s a good intention as it contributes to the development of peer-reviewed research, but such approach has already led to some unfavourable outcomes. Read more to find out what negative consequences the introduction of the academic incentive system has resulted in.

Cristina Parulava 0

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Manufacturing internationalisation of higher education

In 2017 Times Higher Education published the list of the world’s 150 most international universities that differs radically to that published in 2016. What are the differences between the two lists? What rankings criteria changes were introduced compared to the previous year? Why were some universities that ranked high in 2016 excluded from the new list? What universities benefited most from new evaluation approaches? The rankings expert will answer these questions.

Cristina Parulava 0

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Renewed debate over whether graduate students should publish

To publish or not to publish? Great debates have been conducted over the question of whether graduate students should be expected to submit their works for publication. Why do graduates strive to publish in academic journals? Why does graduates’ publishing draw some objections from critics? What publishing policies are pursued by journals? What should be done to improve the quality of publications? Read more to find out.

Cristina Parulava 0

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In England, a push to evaluate teaching quality and learning gains

It’s very hard to track how much and what students learn in college so new ways of measuring learning gains must come to help. Recently, a series of research projects testing various potential measures has been launched. Who participates in these projects? What data do the projects take into account? Which teaching and learning quality evaluation methods are employed? Read more to find out.

Cristina Parulava 0

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Student engagement: Interview with Raziya Isayeva, Khazar University, Azerbaijan

How is student engagement usually understood in Azerbaijan? What opportunities are provided and what changes should be made by universities to strengthen and develop student engagement? What international projects related to student engagement are being implemented? Read more in the interview with Development Director at Khazar University in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Cristina Parulava 0