MODELS FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE AND ACCREDITATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION
1 Plovdiv University Paisii Hilendarski (BULGARIA)
2 Burgas Free University (BULGARIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 13th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 9-10 November, 2020
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:The procedures for quality assurance and accreditation of higher education require the collection and structuring of a large volume of information, which is subsequently subject to verification by experts from an assessment institution and storage in national registers. The application of a centralized software system for external quality assessment unifies the accreditation procedures and optimizes them in terms of time, human, financial and other resources.
The article proposes models of software systems for quality assurance in higher education. It outlines the main principles, data flows and processes that are the basis of the accreditation procedures of higher education institutions and related activities. It purposes solutions for automation of the individual stages of the assessment procedures, the main problems and opportunities for integration of university and national systems with the quality assurance systems.
The proposed models are based on the authors’ experience in creating and using the COMPASS web-based application for (self)assessment of quality and accreditation in higher education.
Keywords: Quality assurance in higher education, accreditation of higher education, models for quality assurance.