Quality and quality assurance in Chinese private higher education A multi‐dimensional analysis and a proposed framework

Quality and quality assurance in Chinese private higher education A multi‐dimensional analysis... Purpose – The paper aims to establish a quality assurance framework for Chinese private higher education (PHE) in particular and for any newly‐established higher education sector in general. Design/methodology/approach – This research relied on published qualitative and quantitative data, existing literature, historical documents, and the authors' observations. It described the PHE growth context, analyzed the quality issue from three dimensions (academic, administrative, and relationship quality), and examined its quality assurance practice through three players. Findings – The paper provides empirical insights about how quality and quality assurance issues have impacted on PHE development. To approach the issues, it suggests a “quality assurance triangle” framework that is composed of three PHE players (government, market, institution) and their joint association. Research limitations/implications – Because of the relative position of each player in current quality assurance, the success of its implementation in China depends on how the government establishes the triangle system and balances its dominating roles to ensure each of the players act independently and collaboratively. Practical implications – This framework provides directions for establishing an appropriate quality assurance system for PHE in China. Originality/value – This paper fulfills an identified need to setup a sound quality assurance system for PHE in China and contributes to quality assurance literature with a new framework. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality Assurance in Education Emerald Publishing

Quality and quality assurance in Chinese private higher education A multi‐dimensional analysis and a proposed framework

Quality Assurance in Education, Volume 22 (1): 23 – Jan 28, 2014

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0968-4883
D.O.I.
10.1108/QAE-09-2011-0061
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Abstract

Purpose – The paper aims to establish a quality assurance framework for Chinese private higher education (PHE) in particular and for any newly‐established higher education sector in general. Design/methodology/approach – This research relied on published qualitative and quantitative data, existing literature, historical documents, and the authors' observations. It described the PHE growth context, analyzed the quality issue from three dimensions (academic, administrative, and relationship quality), and examined its quality assurance practice through three players. Findings – The paper provides empirical insights about how quality and quality assurance issues have impacted on PHE development. To approach the issues, it suggests a “quality assurance triangle” framework that is composed of three PHE players (government, market, institution) and their joint association. Research limitations/implications – Because of the relative position of each player in current quality assurance, the success of its implementation in China depends on how the government establishes the triangle system and balances its dominating roles to ensure each of the players act independently and collaboratively. Practical implications – This framework provides directions for establishing an appropriate quality assurance system for PHE in China. Originality/value – This paper fulfills an identified need to setup a sound quality assurance system for PHE in China and contributes to quality assurance literature with a new framework.

Journal

Quality Assurance in EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 28, 2014

Keywords: Private higher education; Quality assurance; Private education; Chinese higher education

References

  • Quality in higher education: the contribution of Edward Deming's principles
    Redmond, R.; Curtis, E.; Noone, T.; Keenan, P.
  • Commercial civil society: a perspective on private higher education in China
    Yan, F.Q.; Lin, J.

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