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Accreditation and Quality Assurance

  • Eqbal Darandari
  • Phil Cardew
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Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 40)

Abstract

This chapter addresses the issues relating to the introduction of accreditation and quality assurance at both the system and individual university levels. It evaluates Saudi practices within the international ‘quality landscape’ for higher education and, in particular, reviews the work of the Saudi National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA). The authors caution, however, that the management of quality and standards cannot be maintained in an environment which places accountability entirely in the hands of an external agency

Keywords

Quality Assurance Saudi Arabia High Education Institution Arab Country Gulf Cooperation Council 
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Notes

Acknowledgement

This chapter draws on wide-ranging discussions and interactions with quality directors, institution faculty and NCAAA staff as well as work done by universities and NCAAA over recent years. The authors therefore represent their experience and opinion and do not claim to be the originator of all the ideas. Many thanks go to all who contributed to the information provided, particularly to Ian Allen, NCAAA international expert from Australia; to Professor Abdullah Al-Musallam, general secretary for NCAAA for the information; and to Dr. Saad AlZahrani, general secretary assistant for Quality Assurance and Accreditation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.National Commission for Academic Assessment and Accreditation (NCAAA)RiyadhSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.London South Bank UniversityLondonUK

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