International Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ISGs)

 

towards diversification, relevance, transformation, and recognition

 

 

A “one-size-fits-all” approach to quality assurance in tertiary education no longer serves the needs of diverse stakeholders and societies. The work of quality assurance must accommodate today’s socio-economic and cultural needs in the transformation of tertiary education provision and the evolving trends for lifelong learning, global democratisation of knowledge, safeguarding the values of tertiary education, and, ultimately, establishment of a global knowledge society. Reflecting INQAAHE’s values of inclusion, diversity, and collaboration as well as our mission of advancing QA practice, the INQAAHE International Standards and Guidelines of Tertiary Education Quality Assurance (ISGs) are the result of a broad participatory process including the rich expertise of tertiary education providers and their external quality assurance bodies globally.

The ISGs are a suite of standards and guidelines for external quality assurance bodies that embrace the ever-increasing diversity in tertiary education (formal and non-formal) and empower the enhancement capacity of QA providers in their quest for diversification, efficiency, relevance, and transformative power. One of the key aspects of the new international quality hallmarks is the strengthened link between quality assurance practices and recognition of qualifications. The latter is to facilitate the UN Regional and Global Conventions implementation and, thus recognition of quality education regionally and globally. 

The ISGs are built on the extensive application and lessons learnt from decades-long experience with external review procedures based on the INQAAHE Guidelines of Good Practices (first established as International Quality Hallmarks in 1999), and other similar procedures, standards, guidelines, and principles applied at international and regional levels. It offers a quality assurance framework specifically developed to respond to the ever-diversifying needs, including but not limited to cross-border education, cross-border quality assurance, short learning programmes (e.g., micro-credentials), distance and online provisions, thus promoting access and inclusion to quality education.

 

To mark the launch of the INQAAHE ISGs, a series of activities have been carried out and are yet to come. The events unfold as follows:

  • UNESCO WHEC 2022: ISGs were first presented as a knowledge product at the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference in May 2022.
  • INQAAHE Forum 2022 in Mexico: ISGs were officially announced at the INQAAHE Forum 2022. January 2023 was announced as the official launch for the ISGs, and June 2023 will mark a complete move to the new ISGs.
  • A Global Webinar on the 30th of November 2022: A webinar with the developers of the ISGs will be organized to introduce the new standards and guidelines and the benefits of the revised approach.
  • A Global Webinar with lead Tertiary Education lead experts on the 24th of January 2023: INQAAHE is organizing a series of webinars and other awareness raising and capacity building events to equip the global tertiary education community with the essentials for success in their application in the benefit of tertiary education systems at large. 
  • ISGs at CHEA/CIQG: A panel discussion aimed to present the ISGs at the CHEA/CIQG Conference on 24-26th of January 2023.
  • Trainings on the ISGs: Based on group or individual requests from QA providers throughout November 2022 and 2023.

 


 

Webinar

International Standards and Guidelines (ISGs):
towards diversification, relevance, transformation, and recognition

November 30, 2022 (Wednesday)

INQAAHE welcomed the global tertiary education community to the webinar on the content, benefits, and implementation of the new International Standards and Guidelines for Tertiary Education Quality Assurance (ISGs) that took place on November 30, 2022, at hour 13:00 - 14:30 UTC. A free session, opened to every tertiary education organization, institutions, quality assurance provider or individuals that have an interest in QA in HE.

The Panel is composed of the Key Developers of the ISGs:

Dr. Deb Adair, INQAAHE President
Dr. Anna Prades, INQAAHE Treasurer
Dr. Simona Lache, INQAAHE Board Director

Panel Chair: Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan, INQAAHE Immediate Past President

A recording of the session is available on INQAAHE's YouTube channel. A copy of the presentation is also available.

 


 

INQAAHE Talks Session

January 24, 2023
12:00 - 13:30 UTC

Online (via Zoom)

INQAAHE welcomes the global tertiary education community to this INQAAHE Talks session led by Tertiary Education global experts. The webinar is a unique opportunity to reflect on the changing paradigm of tertiary education and the role of the INQAAHE new International Standards and Guidelines for Tertiary Education Quality Assurance (ISGs). This will be a free session, open to every tertiary education organization, institutions, quality assurance provider or individuals that have an interest in QA in HE.

The panel is composed of the following lead TE experts:

Dr. Francesc Pedró, Director of IESALC UNESCO
Dr. Jamil Salmi, Global Tertiary Education Expert
Dr. Deborah Everhart, Chief Strategy Officer at Credential Engine, the USA
Dr. Francisco J. Marmolejo, Higher Education President & Education Advisor at Qatar Foundation Higher Education, President's Office
Dr. Esther Huertas, Head of Quality Assurance Department at AQU Catalunya, Spain

Panel Chair: Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan, INQAAHE Immediate Past President