External quality audit in the UK: an impact analysis
This chapter focuses on the Institutional Audit conducted in England and Northern Ireland from 2002 to 2011. It examines the purposes of Institutional Audit, the audit process and the effect of audit on the universities and colleges evaluated. The Institutional Audit was intended to push higher education institutions to make improvements in academic quality and to be accountable for the use of public funds. According to the review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and other research publications, Institutional Audit was effective in providing accountability to the public and it contributed to the improvement of quality in higher education, but its ...