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Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Foreign Language Education

Global Issues, Models, and Best Practices from the Middle East and Turkey

  • Donald F. Staub

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Global Perspectives on Quality Assurance and Accreditation

  3. National Perspectives on Quality Assurance and Accreditation

  4. Best Practices for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Foreign Language Education

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 209-215

About this book


Greater student mobility, increasing demand for access to tertiary education, as well as policy changes have spurred rapid expansion of the global higher education sector. However, with increased demand comes considerable variation in the quality of the supply. As higher education is an expensive endeavor for all stakeholders – governments, funders, employers, and families – there are also increasing expectations for accountability and demonstrations of quality.  English as a foreign language (EFL) programs, in particular, are under considerable pressure to substantiate their value, resulting in a significant rise in interest around their quality. This volume is the outcome of a May 2018 international conference on quality and specialized accreditation, held in Turkey.  The book’s three sections take the reader from the global to the program level, examining trends and best practices in quality assurance and accreditation in EFL programs. The book’s geographic focus is primarily the Middle East and Turkey, yet the issues discussed herein a quite global in nature. This volume will be of interest to educational administrators at the institutional or program level, educational leadership programs focusing on higher education, language teacher preparation programs, and administrators in centralized education systems or accrediting organizations.


Language policy Global growth of EMI and CLIL Quality assurance in foreign language education accreditation National versus international accreditation Specialized accreditation schemes Accreditation and quality Accreditation practices in Turkey Accreditation practices in Pakistan Accreditation practices in Bahrain Accreditation practices in Kazakhstan Accreditation practices in Kazakhstan Accreditation practices in Bulgaria and Romania Accreditation practices in Saudi Arabia Continuous professional development, quality, and accreditation Writing and assessing outcomes Standards writing for accreditation Program level accreditation Specialized accreditation Data-based decision making Self-assessment reports

Editors and affiliations

  • Donald F. Staub
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Foreign LanguagesIzmir University of EconomicsIzmirTurkey

About the editors

Donald F. Staub is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the School of Foreign Languages at Izmir University of Economics in Izmir, Turkey. He also served for four years as the coordinator of the Quality Assurance Unit within the School of Foreign Languages at Isik University (Istanbul), where he served as the chair for the SFL’s two accreditation applications. Donald has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University (EMU), and an MA (TESOL) and BA (Literature) from Michigan State University. Dr. Staub is a trained reviewer for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). His primary research interests lie in EFL quality assurance, student retention, and delivery of English medium instruction, with recent book chapters on quality assurance in EFL programs as well as quality assurance in ESP programs.

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