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Title:A proposed framework for best practice in quality assurance in Namibian Higher education institutions
Authors:Kadhila, Ngepathimo
Nyathi, Francis SifisoISNI
Van der Westhuizen, Louis
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:educational quality
Abstract:This paper presents the findings of a study that investigated the mechanisms for quality assurance in higher education institutions in Namibia. Three institutions participated: a public university, a private university, and a polytechnic. The authors used a methodology based on improvement-oriented evaluation and collected data by means of individual interviews (purposeful sampling) and institutional document analyses. They found that a more structured approach to quality assurance is a challenge for higher education institutions in Namibia. In order to help institutions to implement mechanisms for quality assurance in a more structured way they developed a framework for self-assesment, in which they specified several quality criteria. Rather than providing an absolute yardstick, the framework wants to offer general guidelines for quality assessment in higher education institutions that can be adapted to the specific needs and circumstances of the institution. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]