Growth of the quality movement in higher education

Patricie Mertova, Len Webster and Sid Nair


This chapter aims to provide background to quality in higher education in order to situate the subsequent chapters in a particular context. The chapter describes the development of the quality movement, including its origins and how it was introduced into higher education. It outlines the understandings of the notion of quality in higher education and gives an overview of critique of quality in the higher education context.

Key words

development of the quality movement

higher education

quality enhancement

quality assurance


The subject of quality has been a global issue in higher education for nearly two decades, during ...

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