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October 16, 2017


CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) International QA in the News provides the latest briefings, articles, reports, op-eds and reviews about quality assurance around the world. CHEA/CIQG will be publishing this update as needed to keep you informed about important issues that have an effect on quality assurance and its practitioners.

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HEADLINES

What Are QA Bodies Doing to Tackle Academic Corruption? (University World News, October 6, 2017) “A group of global experts is carrying out research into what quality assurance and accreditation bodies are doing to tackle academic corruption around the world. The survey is the initiative of the expert group formed by the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning, or IIEP, and the International Quality Group of the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or CHEA/CIQG.”

Universities Urged to Block Essay-Mill Sites in Plagiarism Crackdown (The Guardian, October 8, 2017) “The university standards watchdog [Quality Assurance Agency, UK] has issued new government-backed guidance to help address ‘contract cheating,’ where thousands of students are believed to be paying hundreds of pounds at a time for written-to-order papers.” (See also TEQSA Outlines Ways to Cut Contract Cheating, Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency, Australia, October 4, 2017.) 

Consultation on the Review of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (QAA, October 11, 2017) “The UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA) is consulting on a new approach to the Expectations of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education.”

Rwanda and Mauritius Sign Agreement on Higher Education (AllAfrica, October 13, 2017) “The main purpose of the MoU is to share experiences and good education practices between Rwanda and Mauritius."

Higher Education in Jordan: History, Present Status and Future (QS WOW News, October 10, 2017) “Almost all universities established a dedicated centre or office for quality assurance and accreditation to promote the culture of quality and excellence in teaching and learning.”

Optimising the Contribution of HE in the SADC Region (University World News, October 6, 2017) “Among other important outcomes would be the ongoing development of a regional qualifications framework and regional quality assurance capacity development programme, leading to greater student and staff mobility and academic harmonisation."

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