Political interest in quality management of higher education in the UK and the USA

| August 31, 2015

Political interest in quality management of higher education in the UK and the USA

Required Reading and Resources
Alderman, G (2005) Compliance or Quality?: American and British Approaches to the Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions. College and University Journal, vol. 81, no. 1 (Summer 2005), 17-22. found in Proquest.
David Palfreyman, Is Academic Freedom under Threat in UK & US Higher Education (OxCHEPS Occasional Paper 2007 ) Retrieved March 2, 2012 from http://oxcheps.new.ox.ac.uk/MainSite%20pages/Resources/OxCHEPS_OP23ii.pdf
Epple, D., Romano, R., & Sieg, H. (2007). Diversity and affirmative action in higher education. Retrived on June 2013, from http://www.acri.org/blog/wp-content/ers_dpa.pdf
US Department of Education Commission on the Future of Higher Education (Report and Briefing Papers): retrieved March 2, 2012from: http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/hiedfuture/reports.html
UK National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education (Summary Report): retrieved March 2, 2012 from: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/educol/ncihe/
Important Points / Reminder
1.    Research studies / articles are considered current for only 5 years from the date of publication. As such, you will find a few of the readings throughout this course that do not meet this criteria – hence, not considered to be current. With this in mind, do consider how the ideas, strategies, etc. in such studies HAVE or HAVE NOT changed over time – i.e., from the date of its publication to the current date.


For your Case Assignment for Module 4, please address the following two questions. The paper should be a minimum of 3 pages (not including cover sheet and bibliography). Be sure to cite your sources if utilizing research; however, it is understood that these questions may be based entirely on your own opinion. Your purpose is not to provide solutions to problems, but rather to provide insights and increased understanding. Submit by the end of the module.
1.    What were the objectives of the British government and American governments in establishing national inquiries into higher education in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries?
2.    To what extent have these inquiries undermined the traditional view of the role of higher education in society?

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