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Higher Education: Quality Standards

With consideration to the USA and UK role of setting quality standards in higher education, what role should faculty play in the definition of quality and standards in higher education and whom should control the management of quality in higher education?

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In the United Kingdom, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education is the independent agency to safeguard standards and improve the quality of higher education in UK. The agency was set up in 1997 through a transfer of staff and functions from the former Higher Education Quality Council and the quality assessment divisions of two other departments. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education is an independent agency that has been charged to ensure that higher education qualification in the UK is of good standard and quality. However, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education is under criticism. In 2008, an urgent parliamentary inquiry was ordered to look into the declining academics standards in UK higher education. In 2012 the Science and Technology Committee of the House of Lords evaluated The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and concluded that it was not fit for setting standards because its reviews were based on threshold levels of standards.

In the United States, the Network for Educational Information (USNEI), uses accreditation as a process to ensure that postsecondary institutions and other education providers meet, and maintain minimum standards of quality, and academic integrity. The decision making within the USNEI is taken by institutors, and academic specialists in specific subjects. The accreditation ...

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