The purpose of this landscape paper is to organize some of the current debates about higher education quality assurance and to present a possible path forward to enable higher education leaders, policy makers, and the twenty-plus million current students to achieve their common goal of improving the success of the sector.
The current system of quality assurance in the United States, including the roles played by the federal government and regional accreditors; the process of self-evaluation, site-visits, and peer reviews; and the focus on institution-specific processes should be maintained. In addition, there is a number of ways in which this system could be improved to balance greater rigor and transparency with greater flexibility and incentives for institutional improvement and learning.
Though international developments of HE quality assurance, they do illustrate efforts to create systems that incentivize institutional improvement, organizational learning, and self-regulation while improving sector-wide accountability and rigor.
Performance-based regulation reinforces competition among higher education institutions, exacerbating incentives for institutions to keep effective practices to themselves.
Quality assurance sector and accreditation has been around for more than a century in the USA. Today there are more than 7,000 institutions of higher education. Recognizing this diversity, government has historically taken a flexible approach to the regulation of higher education.
Evolved in 2014-2015 the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is the India Ranking of top universities. The NIRF methodology was adopted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.
On October 24-25, 2018 Higher School of Economics hosted the IX International Conference of Higher Education Researchers 'Universities in search of balance between new and old goals.'
Higher education institutions of Kazakstan aim to enhance their competitiveness and maintain their international reputation developing cooperation with foreign universities and strengthening their positions in national and international rankings.
The Independent Agency for Accreditation and Rating (IAAR), the Independent Kazakh Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, and the national chamber of entrepreneurs of the Republic Kazakhstan "Atameken" presented their rankings of the best higher education institutions of Kazakhstan by fields of study in 2018.
On September 20-21, 2018 the Independent Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (IQAA) hosted the Eurasian Forum on Quality Assurance in Education “Forward to the Future: Trends, Problems and Perspectives of Quality Assurance in Higher Education”, dedicated to the Agency's 10th Anniversary.
X International Higher Education Conference “Universities in search of a balance between new and familiar goals” will be organized by the Russian Educational Research Association (RERA) on October 23–25, 2018, Moscow . The media partners of the conference are Accreditation in Education Company and Higher Education Discovery.
The International Site for Academic Networking (HEDClub) is aimed at helping educational institutions from all over the world and their representatives to find international partners in the field of higher education and research.
In 2018, the Independent Agency for Accreditation and Rating (IAAR) compiled a ranking list of the best universities of Kazakhstan which were evaluated according to the important criteria.