External Quality Audit

External Quality Audit, 1st Edition

Has It Improved Quality Assurance in Universities?

External Quality Audit, 1st Edition,Mahsood Shah,Chenicheri Sid Nair,ISBN9781843346760

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Key Features

  • Brings together the experience of academics and administrators in higher education institutions
  • Examines international experience on the extent to which external quality audits have improved quality assurance at national, institutional and faculty levels
  • Gives perspective from a variety of higher education institutions


Whilst external quality audits have been in place for more than a decade in some countries, limited research exists on the extent to which such audits have been effective in improving systems and processes for quality assurance in higher education institutions, and the extent to which such audits have improved academic standards, outcomes and student experience. External Quality Audit looks at the experience of countries where external quality audits have been established by governments, and provides analyses of their effectiveness in improving quality assurance in universities and other higher education institutions.


Academic and non-academic quality practitioners who have interests in higher education quality assurance, and government departments with responsibilities for higher education policy and direction

Mahsood Shah

Mahsood Shah is Principal Advisor for Academic Strategy, Planning and Quality at the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Affiliations and Expertise

RMIT University

Chenicheri Sid Nair

Professor Chenicheri Sid Nair is currently with the Centre for Advancement of Teaching and Learning, University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth. Prior to his appointment to UWA, he was Quality Adviser (Research and Evaluation) in the Centre for Higher Education Quality (CHEQ) at Monash University, Australia. He has an extensive expertise in the area of quality development and evaluation, and he also has considerable editorial experience. Currently, he is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education (IJQAETE). Prior to this he was also a Managing Editor of the Electronic Journal of Science Education (EJSE). Professor Nair is also an international consultant in a number of countries in quality and evaluations.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Western Australia, Australia

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External Quality Audit, 1st Edition

Quality assurance - corporate fist in a velvet glove? The impact of external quality audit in a private for-profit tertiary education institution; Multiple views of quality audits in New Zealand: A case for advancing systemic understanding; Reflections on the effectiveness of four cycles of external quality audits in New Zealand universities; Enhancing quality assurance in an institution: The University of the South Pacific experience of an external audit; Quality audits in Hong Kong: Seeking evidence of quality enhancement; External quality audits and quality assurance in the higher education sector: The Malaysian perspective; External quality audit in the UK: An impact analysis; Effect of external quality agencies on universities in India; External quality audits in South African higher education: Goals, outcomes and challenges; Development, effectiveness and future of quality assurance and assessment in Italian higher education; Audits of quality assurance systems of higher education institutions in Finland; External quality auditing: Strengths and shortcomings in the audit process; Institutional management and quality audit: The experience in Chile; Scope, transparency and style: System-level quality strategies and the student experience in Australia; Accreditation and institutional learning: The impact interactions based on a minimaxing strategy have on the benefits from external reviews; Has it worked globally?

Quotes and reviews

"While this book is for academic and administrative staff and policy-makers involved in quality assurance and quality audit in higher education, it can be useful reading for academic librarians both because quality audit affects them, and because it helps to know what their academic colleagues are facing."--Australian Library Journal, September 22014


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