Quality Assurance : A Different Concept For College Accountability And Quality Measurement

Quality assurance in other sectors: Lessons for higher education reform

Kevin J. James, American Enterprise Institute

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Key points

  • Higher education policymakers should look to learn from efforts to ensure quality, accountability, and consumer protection in other sectors.
  • Higher ed can learn about transparency efforts from health care, about outcome measurement and accountability from workforce development, about deregulation and delegated oversight from charter schools, and about imposing greater risk sharing from housing finance.
  • By broadening its focus, higher education policymakers and researchers can improve higher education and ensure that we do not repeat some of the same mistakes that have plagued promising reform efforts in other sectors.

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