The authors report on West European trends in follow-up arrangements of national quality assurance procedures. They argue that external quality assurance ought to adopt a broader conception of quality than is now often the case. Next, the general public ought to have a guarantee that external quality assurance is valid (through meta-evaluation) and has consequences (through follow-up arrangements). Follow-up currently is not well developed in many European countries in a formal sense, but is receiving more attention as external quality assurance is maturing. Finally, the authors link national quality assurance to the European dimension; an international network could fulfil important functions in making quality assurance transparent and credible across Europe.
van Bruggen, J. C., Scheele, J. P., & Westerheijden, D. F. (1999). To be continued .... Syntheses and trends in follow-up of quality assurance in West European higher education. European journal for education law and policy, 1999(2), 155-163. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1022986005529