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NEW REPORT BY QAA IN COLLABORATION WITH THE BRITISH COUNCIL PRODUCED BY LEON CREMONINI, WITH JOHN BRENNAN, RICHARD LEWIS AND ROGER KING

This collaborative international research project between QAA and the British Council considers the extent to which quality assurance cultures have evolved in nine countries, in relation to the differing features of their higher education systems. It includes individual case studies for the UK, USA, Australia, India, China, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Columbia. The research finds that generally the demand-led growth of higher education outstrips the ability of the state to provide, resulting in an expanding private sector, so that a mixed economy now exists in all nine countries featured in this research.

The research also raises some questions for future consideration, for example:

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What kinds of risk-based/light-touch structures will work best in rapidly developing, mixed-economy systems?

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What examples of embedded quality assurance cultures exist that might be developed in a new system context that can operate at scale and speed?

The report is available at http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/Cultures-of-Quality-An-International-Perspective-15.pdf

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