Impact of assessment initiatives on quality assurance
Abstract: External quality assurance has played a key role in higher education policy since the 1980s. This chapter discusses whether there is a closer integration of external quality assurance with learning outcomes, mediated through various qualification frameworks. It examines implications of this potential integration might be for both quality enhancement and for accountability. The chapter begins by advancing conceptual ways in which external quality assurance and learning outcomes could be linked. It describes ways in which external quality assurance and learning outcomes could be coupled, looking at case study systems of Europe, the United States and Australia. The chapter concludes by reflecting on improvement and accountability implications arising from emerging couplings, and on how external quality assurance and learning outcomes can be linked.
Keywords: external quality assurance; qualification frameworks; measurement challenges; integrating quality frameworks