External quality control

Ireland“Long before the recent culture of quality assurance arrived in higher education, most universities in these islands would have argued that a key guarantor of quality and standards was the framework of external review. This was in evidence in particular through the system of external examiners, under which all marking of examinations or other assignments would be double-checked by examiners from other institutions. Furthermore, appointments to senior positions would be made with the help of interview panels the membership of which included external assessors. I have myself been an external examiner in several universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 23 May]

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