Not just another evaluation: A comparative study of four educational quality projects at Swedish universities
2014 (English)In: Tertiary Education and Management, ISSN 1358-3883, E-ISSN 1573-1936, Vol. 20, no 3, 239-251 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this study, four recent self-initiated educational quality projects at Swedish universities are compared and analyzed. The article focuses on how the universities have handled the tension between external demands and internal norms. The aim is to contribute to an improved understanding of quality management in contemporary universities. On the one hand, the projects are found to be built on similar rationales associated with accountability, reputation building and strategic management. This is interpreted as a response to the shared external policy context. They are also found to mirror similar ambitions regarding raising the status of education. On the other hand, the projects are found to differ considerably in their actual design, methodology, implementation, stakeholders and outcomes. This is interpreted as an active adaptation to the unique internal academic norms and cultures that exist in each university.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 20, no 3, 239-251 p.
quality, management, strategic planning, higher education policy/development, organization structures
Research subject Education and Communication in the Technological Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-161736DOI: 10.1080/13583883.2014.932832OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-161736DiVA: diva2:795267
QC 201504072015-03-152015-03-152016-05-09Bibliographically approved