Accountability in higher education: Bridge over troubled water?

Jeroen Huisman, Jan Currie

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    This article discusses the impact of accountability on higher education policies in Europe and the United States. We describe how the accountability movement relates to other policy trends in higher education, providing empirical data on how accountability was implemented and how academics and managers in four universities perceived these policies. We close the article with a reflection on the observed shift from professional to political accountability that uses 'soft' mechanisms that seem to offer little change in the quality of education in these countries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)529-551
    Number of pages23
    JournalHigher education
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


    • Academics
    • Accountability
    • Higher education policy
    • University management


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