D. F. Westerheijden

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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 first-generation 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)
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)
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)
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)
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