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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Reflections on Two Decades of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Developing Economies

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From Volume 46 Number 1 | October–December 2017
By Fred M. Hayward

This article reviews 20 years of accreditation in developing economies, showing the progress made in quality assurance over this time and its impact on quality improvement. Quality assurance and accreditation are now nearly universal in the developing world, and the process is remarkably similar across countries. We see an overall congruence of goals and expectations and a growing recognition of the importance of what are seen as international standards. The process has led to significant improvements in the quality of higher education generally, a greater focus on teaching and learning, and increased public confidence in higher education as a result. Nonetheless, the quality of graduate education generally remains unacceptably low, and recognition by governments of the need to adequately fund public higher education is far too limited, with only a few exceptions.

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