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By Stefanie Schwarz, Don F. Westerheijden

This quantity offers a wealthy account of the advance of accreditation and overview in 20 ecu nations. The authors are leaders within the box they usually have cooperated during this attempt by way of writing richly assorted, frequently deep and insightful analyses of the placement of their kingdom. the 2 editors have further a synopsis detailing the most developments, and sketching commonalities in addition to contrasts within the advancements throughout Europe. The ebook exhibits how accreditation is turning into a first-rate mechanism within the steerage of upper schooling in all places Europe. The e-book is exclusive in its research of forces using in the direction of the unfold of other versions of accreditation within the rising ecu larger schooling sector. Readers will receive an updated photograph of the scenario of accreditation within the framework of assessment actions in Europe. they're going to achieve an figuring out of why accreditation and overview platforms have developed the best way they've got, and in this case, they are going to receive extra sensible perspectives on possibilities for eu comparison and cooperation during this area.

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However, as Weber wanted to emphasise in introducing ideal type reasoning, the world is not as clear-cut. We find cases where external bodies involving academic reviewers prepare (and pre-judge) ministerial approval decisions on paper evidence without site visits (Lithuania), or with a site visit by quality assessment agency staff (Denmark). In contrast, in a curious mix of traditional bureaucracy, new public management and collegial academic control, we also find cases where civil servants negotiate recurrent contracts with higher education institutions about time-limited approval of study programmes, sometimes advised by experts from different intermediary bodies (France).

But this inherent logic is not visible in most countries’ developments, which ostensibly do not follow the progression of phases proposed in that paper. External dynamics are apparently more important. What are the main drivers in the context of higher education policy that influence the dynamics of evaluation, accreditation and approval schemes, according to the country reports? , 2001, pp. e. e. e. the globalisation agenda, leading to ‘proliferation of accreditation systems’ starting in the USA and even to the rise of some ‘trans-national accreditation systems’.

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