Sunday, March 11, 2007

A difference in quality

The Times Higher this week reports the results of a study of the Quality Assurance Agency's work. Commissioned by the Scottish Funding Council, the report "slams" (journalese there) the quality regime and describes it as painful, oppressive and ineffectual. Scottish universities have essentially opted out of the QAA system in its full blown version, replacing it instead with institutions being asked to identify areas for quality enhancement, rather than the obsessive-compulsive, bureaucratic monitoring favoured under the old (and rest of UK) scheme.

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