Regulating higher education: Quality assurance and neo-liberal managerailism in higher education: A critical introduction

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Abstract

Quality assurance (QA) regimes have become an increasingly dominant regulatory tool in the management of higher education sectors around the world. By one estimate, nearly half the countries in the world now have quality assurance systems or QA regulatory bodies for higher education. This paper explores the emergence and spread of QA regimes, the coalescence of regulatory logics around qualifications frameworks, and the broad confluence of such approaches in terms of their impact on the historically contested relationship between the state and university. By focusing on the interlocking regulatory logics provided by QA, the article explores how such approaches impose quasi-market, competitive based rationalities premised on neo-liberal managerialism using a policy discourse that is often informed by conviction rather than evidence. Copyright © 2014 Policy and Society Associates (APSS). Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-166
JournalPolicy and Society
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

Citation

Jarvis, D. S. L. (2014). Regulating higher education: Quality assurance and neo-liberal managerailism in higher education: A critical introduction. Policy and Society, 33(3), 155–166.

Keywords

  • Higher education
  • Quality assurance
  • Regulation
  • Neo-liberalism
  • Managerialism
  • Higher education policy

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