An Academic Institutional Self Assessment in Shanghai: A Case Study

By Christine Robyn Velde.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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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

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.91-108. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 670.633KB).

Dr. Christine Robyn Velde

Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Faculty of Professions, Faculty of Professions, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Christine Velde, PhD; M.Ed (Admin); B.Ed; Dip. T .Grad. Cert (Creative Writing). Christine has published widely in national and international refereed journals in the broad area of education, and across the disciplines of education and business. Her current interests are in the area of conceptual models of competence development,leadership and innovation and the challenges associated with global change. Christine carried out a senior academic management post with a private College in Shanghai, China for four years, and also implemented a number of successful consultancies in the AsiaPacific region. Christine’s book `International Perspectives on Competence in the Workplace: Implications for Research, Policy and Practice’ was published in 2009 by Springer. Christine’s interests include Chinese culture and creative writing.


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