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Enhancing Quality in Higher Education by George Gordon, Ray Land

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Quality Culture at What Cost?

Pursuing Educational Excellence in Straitened Times

Catherine Owen

Introduction

The term ‘quality cultures’ has gained in currency since around the turn of the century, particularly in Europe, where the idea has been both formalized and widely publicized, initially via the European University Association (EUA) Quality Culture Project1 and through subsequent and ongoing activities at European and national levels. The European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance, which were adopted by ministers in 2005, make a particularly prominent case for the development of a quality culture as a primary aspiration for higher education institutions in Europe. In section 1.1 of Part 1 of the standards and guidelines, ...

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