UNESCO’s GEM Report recommends that QA outputs be more widely shared

13 December 2017

The Global Education Monitoring Report, which monitors progress towards the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goal for Education (SDG4), has recently published the second in its GEM Report series, entitled Accountability in education: meeting our commitments. The report examines the different ways people and institutions can be held accountable for reaching SDG4 including regulations, testing, monitoring, audits, media scrutiny, and grass roots movements.

In a section dedicated to quality assurance, the report provides a brief background on the need for and development of quality assurance in higher education, citing examples of various international legal frameworks in place which allow for quality assurance to be conducted and referencing deficiencies in quality assurance in which systems cannot keep up with the growth of institutions and the presence of fraudulent or predatory institutions. The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) was cited as a means by which agencies can demonstrate transparency. Even in countries with well-developed quality assurance systems, university leaders, faculty, staff, and students showed that few are aware of its impact on teaching or research quality; therefore, the report recommends that outputs of quality assurance systems be more widely shared and that sufficient resources be set aside for communicating the reports to the ultimate beneficiaries.