Since the end of the 1990s, the Chinese higher education system has seen a dramatic expansion of enrolment. China currently has the largest higher education system in the world, however, the rapid growth resulted in concerns being raised about the quality of the system. In response, an array of external quality assessment schemes of higher education has been established, based on suggested policy designs and reforms. The establishment of an effective quality assurance mechanism is a major challenge for universities around the world, therefore, what experience and lessons can be learned from the Chinese practice?
This book analyses the external quality assurance system of higher education in China. It brings together scholarship on this topic by renowned Chinese experts, reporting and discussing recent policy developments and research. It presents and analyses various quality evaluation schemes, covering undergraduate, postgraduate, and vocational levels of higher education. The theoretical roots and value orientation of Chinese higher education quality assurance are also reflected on. This volume was originally published as a special issue of Chinese Education and Society.
Table of Contents
1. External Higher Education Quality Assurance System in China 2. Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Reflection, Criticism, and Change 3. On the Effects, Problems, and Countermeasures of Undergraduate Teaching Evaluation in Higher Education 4. The Effectiveness of the Higher Education Quality Assessment System: Problems and Countermeasures in China 5. Newly Built Undergraduate Schools Should Place Great Emphasis on Connotation Construction and Quality Promotion: An Analysis Based on the Qualification Evaluation Results for 41 Undergraduate Schools 6. The Value Orientation of Higher Vocational Education Evaluation: A Textual Analysis of an Evaluation Program 7. The Operation Mechanisms of External Quality Assurance Frameworks of Foreign Higher Education and Implications for Graduate Education 8. Data-Intensive Evaluation: The Concept, Methods, and Prospects of Higher Education Monitoring Evaluation 9. The Evolution of Topics and Leading Trends over the Past 15 Years of Research on the Quality of Higher Education in China: Based on Keyword Co-Occurrence Knowledge Map Analysis of the Research Papers Published from 2000 to 2014 in the CSSCI Database
Shuiyun Liu is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University, China. Her main research interests include higher education, quality assessment, and educational policy. She has published in a number of journals, including Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, Educational Studies and Higher Education Management and Policy.