GENERIC QUALITY STANDARDS VS. SPECIFIC QUALITY STANDARDS: THE CASE OF HIGHER EDUCATION


Laila El Abbadi, Aboubakr Bouayad, Mohamed Lamrini

Abstract: Quality as a new requirement for th e field of higher education leads institutions to seek to satisfy generi c or specific quality standards imposed directly or indirectly by its customers. The aim of this study is to compare between ISO9001, as a generic quality standard, and the Code of Practice of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), as a specific quality standard. A correlation matrix is drawn and correlation rates are calculated to show similarities and differences between them. This paper shows, first, that ISO9001 and QAA Code of Practice are compatible. Second, implementing a quality management sy stem in accordance with ISO9001 requirements can constitute an adequate framework for the application of the QAA Code of Practice requirements. Third, to make the ISO9001 requirements closer to a specific qua lity standard in the field of higher education, it is recommended to co mplete these standards by specific requirements to the field of higher education.

Keywords: higher education, ISO 9001, QAA Code of Practice, quality management, quality standards

DOI:

Recieved: 23.01.2011  Accepted: 10.04.2011  UDC: 658.5

Reads: 1216   

Download document




CiteScore

Card image

SciMagoJr

Card image