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.
The QS University Rankings BRICS 2018 included 101 Russian universities with 24 HEIs in Top 100; leaders are Moscow State University (6th place) and Saint Petersburg State University (11th place).
“Accreditation in Education” Company invites higher educational institutions of Kazakhstan to participate in the international media project “Informationally transparent HEI. International level” .
On August 29 - 31, Times Higher Education Research Excellence Summit: Eurasia 2018 took place at Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University where the results of the THE university ranking of Eurasia nations were announced.
uniRank has published a ranking of the most popular universities on YouTube which is restricted to those that are accredited by national authorities, offer post-graduate or four-year undergraduate degrees, and use traditional course delivery format.
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.
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.