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EQUIP project focus groups explore QA challenges

18 May 2017

Over the past three months, the EQUIP project, of which EUA is a partner, has held a series of focus groups for a variety of higher education stakeholders in order to explore their different perceptions of quality assurance (QA) and to decide how to approach some of the current challenges.

20170302_161222The focus groups were organised by ESU, EUA, EURASHE, EI and ENQA for their respective members: students, quality assurance practitioners in universities and institutions for professional higher education, academics and representatives from quality assurance agencies. Each group had wide ranging discussions about the purposes of higher education and approaches to defining quality and subsequently addressed additional concrete issues related to QA, many of which are linked to the expectations set out by the Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the EHEA (ESG 2015). 

Across the different groups a number of common themes emerged, including the impact of context on perceptions of higher education and QA, the gap between policy and practice, the need to manage information and communicate more effectively, and challenges around the implementation of student-centred approaches to learning and teaching.  

A further focus group, organised by EQAR for governmental representatives, will take place in the autumn. The findings of the focus groups and other activities that have taken place in the framework of the EQUIP project will then be presented in a study to be published at the end of 2017. This will also include recommendations to specific stakeholders on how to take QA forward in the coming years. 

More details about EQUIP and resources from the project’s activities, including publications, presentations and webinar recordings, can be found on the project website. For further updates and news about other issues related to QA in European higher education, please join this LinkedIn Group.

The EQUIP project (Enhancing quality through innovative policy and practice) aims to support higher education stakeholders in meeting the challenges arising from the introduction of the ESG 2015. The project is coordinated by EURASHE and its partners include EUA, ENQA, ESU, EQAR, EI, UiO and CCISP. It is co-funded by the Erasmus + programme of the European Union.

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