Developing alternative perspectives for quality in higher education

Srikanthan, G and Dalrymple, J 2003, 'Developing alternative perspectives for quality in higher education', International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 126-136.

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Title Developing alternative perspectives for quality in higher education
Author(s) Srikanthan, G
Dalrymple, J
Year 2003
Journal name International Journal of Educational Management
Volume number 17
Issue number 3
Start page 126
End page 136
Total pages 11
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Abstract Suggests the quality in higher education (HE) debate is currently narrowly focused, essentially around adapting industrial quality systems. Traditionally, the notion of academic freedom was seen as the requirement of excellence in education. In more recent times (pre 1990) measures of quality control were imposed on HE, but their adoption was superficial compared to industry. The post 1990 period saw the need for a considerable increase in the quality systems activity in HE, in view of the dynamism in the sector. The adoption of quality management (QM) was preferred, because of its extensive practice in industry. Presently, its practice in HE is deteriorating into managerialism in institutions, because of lack of development of a shared vision and lack of a match between QM techniques and educational processes. Proposes a new approach to quality systems in HE. QM can still be the broad management methodology but should be adapted to educational processes and be made to preserve the traditional values of academic freedom and collegial modes of operation.
DOI - identifier 10.1108/09513540310467804
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