D. F. Westerheijden

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To gain insight into the use of the VSNU research quality evaluations (since 1993) in the practice of research and of institutional management in Dutch universities, interviews were held in eight cases evaluated in the first year of this procedure. The main conclusions are that use of these research evaluations is universal, both ‘instrumentally’ (in(More)
Quality assessment has been part of the feedback mechanisms of European higher education systems since around 1980. Due to internal dynamics, ‘erosion’ of the effectiveness of firstgeneration quality assessment systems has led to loss of credibility (legitimacy) of these systems in the late 1990s. External dynamics also necessitate designing a next(More)
This paper sets out to analyse the need for better “transparency tools” which inform university stakeholders about the quality of universities. First, we give an overview of what we understand by the concept of transparency tools and those that are currently available. We then critique current transparency tools’ methodologies, looking in detail at the(More)
Executive summary, overview and conclusions First decade of working on the EHEA — Executive summary, overview and conclusions 2 The consortium of CHEPS, INCHER-Kassel and ECOTEC have made an assessment of major elements of first decade of the Bologna Process in order to obtain an independent view on the progress of the Bologna Process. The current volume(More)
The idea of the research university as a key institution for social and economic development in knowledge-intensive societies has been adopted by the Ukrainian government after the fall of the communist regime. Establishing research universities is a long journey during which many things might happen. To understand this journey better in the case of(More)
Like many other higher education systems in the Western world, Dutch higher education underwent profound changes during the last decade. In this article we will present an overview of these changes, and try to formulate an analytical framework that might be suited to analyze this process. In order to set the stage, we will begin with an overview of the(More)
The question of innovation can be approached from several points of view. Whereas the presentation of Prof. G. Sirilli [Innovation Indicators in Science and Technology Evaluation] was focused quite rightly on innovation in companies, I should like to focus on research in the higher education system. If, as all speakers here seem to do, it is accepted that(More)
The growing popularity of the concept of world-class universities raises the question of whether investing in such universities is a worthwhile use of public resources. Does concentrating public resources on the most excellent universities improve the overall quality of a higher education system, especially if definitions of excellence and worldclass are(More)