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Assuring quality in transnational higher education: A matter of collaboration or control?

Assuring quality in transnational higher education: A matter of collaboration or control?

Smith, Karen (2010) Assuring quality in transnational higher education: A matter of collaboration or control? Studies in Higher Education, 35 (7). pp. 793-806. ISSN 0307-5079 (Print), 1470-174X (Online) (doi:10.1080/03075070903340559)

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Abstract

As transnational education collaborations increase so too do concerns about the quality of provision. To address these concerns, national codes of good practice have been written to guide exporting institutions on how to set up and manage international collaborations, so that academic standards and student experiences are not compromised. This article attempts to show how linguistic analysis can be used to decode underlying messages in the way we describe quality assurance processes. It looks at three codes of practice from major exporters of higher education: USA, UK and Australia. The article focuses specifically on the roles and responsibilities of the awarding higher education institution and their partner, issues of equivalence and opportunities for adaptation of curricula to meet global and local requirements. The analysis raises questions about the portrayal of transnational higher education within the documents.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] First published online: 8 September 2010. [2] Published in print: November 2010. [3] Published as: Studies in Higher Education, (2010), Vol. 35, (7), pp. 793–806. [4] Note at end of paper mentions that an earlier version of this article was presented at the Higher Education Close-Up conference in Cape Town, South Africa in June 2008. [5] Studies in Higher Education is published on behalf of the Society for Research into Higher Education.
Uncontrolled Keywords: transnational, quality assurance, discourse analysis, internationalisation, higher education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Centre for Leadership & Enterprise
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6928

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