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Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Southern Africa

Challenges and Opportunities

Ephraim Mhlanga

This book attempts to explore the nature of quality assurance policies and practices in three universities in the Southern African region. It looks at how they were developed, the parties that were involved in the policy process, the implications of such processes for policy implementation, and institutional and contextual factors mediating quality assurance practices on the ground. The major aim of the book is to explore both enabling and constraining factors affecting quality enhancement in higher education in this region.
The book is based on a set of case studies undertaken at the three universities. Although they share a relatively common geographical location, the universities have different contextual environments and are at different stages of quality assurance development.

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This book attempts to explore the nature of quality assurance policies and practices in three universities in the Southern African region. It looks at how they were developed, the parties that were involved in the policy process, the implications of such processes for policy implementation, and institutional and contextual factors mediating quality assurance practices on the ground. The major aim of the book is to explore both enabling and constraining factors affecting quality enhancement in higher education in this region. The book is based on a set of case studies undertaken at the three uni ver­ sities. Although they share a relatively common geographical location, the univer sities have different contextual environments and are at different stages of quality assurance development. Ephraim Mhlanga is an academic and specialist in quality assurance in higher education. Apart from his experience in teaching in universities in Zimbabwe and South Africa, he has worked on a number of quality assurance initiatives in the Southern African region, mainly involving supporting institutions in putting in place robust quality assurance systems. Q uality A ssurance in H igher Education in Southern A frica Ephraim M hlanga Peter Lang www.peterlang.com ISBN 978­3­0343­0965­3 Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Southern Africa Challenges and Opportunities Ephraim Mhlanga This book attempts to explore the nature of quality assurance policies and practices in three universities in the Southern African region. It looks at how they were developed, the parties that were involved in the policy process, the implications...

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