Today’s article by Philipp Pechmann and Sanne Haase shows how quality assurance mechanisms and quality systems seem to have found somewhat mechanistic, unanimous and internationally transferrable formats, i.e., as accreditation criteria. However, these may conflict with the institutional quality practices as findings of academic resistance to quality assurance systems indicate. Policy makers employ the term quality when trying to legitimize both overall policy reforms as well as concrete policy design choices that represent politically contested goals and strategies. This study contributes to existing knowledge with a new understanding of the role and function of quality referral in HE policymaking.

It can be download for free from here:
Or it can be accessed from its original source: