The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) commissioned an international comparative study of other countries’ approaches to the quality assessment of academic standards and quality in 2014-15. The findings from this research are presented in this report. The choice of countries was made by HEFCE in relation to three criteria: a focus on approaches that are risk-based, low-burden and outcomes-focused; systems that have quality assessment arrangements that could be compared with the UK and potentially applied or adopted; and the parameters of time-scale and budget for the research. The three countries examined in this study are (in order): Norway, the US, and Australia. Given the size and diversity of the US system, two regional accreditation systems were chosen as exemplars.
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