This paper is a case study of an academic institutional self assessment undertaken by a College in Shanghai, which has collaborative university partnerships. The aim of the self assessment exercise was to prepare the institution for a quality assurance audit by an external government agency. It describes in detail, the workshop process used to carry out an audit by addressing six aspects of self assessment based on the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Model (QAA, 2006). This author recognizes that other countries, for example, the USA have a long history in the area of quality assurance. However, this article focuses mainly on the UK model because the College’s programmes were benchmarked against its University partner located in the UK. The results of the self assessment provide information about the strengths and weaknesses and report on future directions. Challenges for academic leadership are explored. This study which provides an example of the application of a quality assurance method for institutional self assessment in a specific context in China, presents ideas for the use of similar methods as a planning tool. Further, because this study provides useful information about an educational context in China, it has the capacity to contribute to knowledge about one of the world’s largest growing economies and a wider discussion of global change.
|Keywords:||Institutional Self Assessment, Quality Assurance, China, Global Change, Colleges and Universities, Academic Leadership|
Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Faculty of Professions, Faculty of Professions, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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