DOES QUALITY ASSURANCE COMMUNICATE QUALITY NEEDS? THE IMPACT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S DISCUSSION PAPER
"QUALITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION"

Year: 1992

Author: Gapp, Rod

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
Peter Baldwin the Federal Minister for Higher Education has proposed in the discussion paper 'Quality in Higher Education', the implementation of quality strategies in the tertiary sector. The Government's paper is similar to work currently being carried out in the United Kingdom. The aspect driving this change is that of Quality Assurance. Is Quality Assurance related or compatible with the idea of quality education in the tertiary sense? This paper presents; (1) a review of the Governments paper " Quality in Higher Education", (2) comparisons with the English experience and (3) the process required to maintain a flexible, intellectual education system. It then addresses the question,"does assuring quality produce the best process for the fostering quality education within the University environment?"

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