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For many years the benefits conferred by a higher education went undisputed. But students, employers, governments, and taxpayers are now demanding evidence of educational quality and value. At the same time, fiscally strapped governments are raising questions about how institutions are funded and the role quality should play in setting funding levels. In the face of these mounting pressures, jurisdictions around the world are working toward designing meaningful indicators to measure the performance of postsecondary institutions that go beyond enrolment numbers, graduation rates, and ever-popular reputational rankings. Assessing Quality in Postsecondary Education: International Perspectives presents a collection of thought-provoking essays by world-renowned higher-education thinkers and policy experts that discuss ways of defining and measuring academic quality. The papers were presented at a conference convened by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario in May 2017 and provide valuable insight into this pressing issue and underscore the need for reform.
Harvey P. Weingarten is president and chief executive officer of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Martin Hicks is executive director of data and statistics at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Amy Kaufman is director of special projects at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.
"Assessing Quality in Postsecondary Education: International Perspectives makes an important contribution to understanding the current state of knowledge in this field. The authors are each accomplished researchers and in some cases practitioners in the field of educational quality. Many offer insights on practical challenges faced in each jurisdiction and compromises that were sometimes made. Some argue that the experience of their jurisdiction can be generalized, while others are less sure. One looks forward to the development of a widely accepted theory of quality assurance that all jurisdictions and institutions could draw on. Until then, the present book offers a valuable guide for anyone in higher education seeking insights on current and emerging developments in quality assurance." Higher Education Research & Development