INTERNATIONAL FINAL CONFERENCE (in cooperation with ENQA)
"Impact Evaluation of Quality Management in Higher Education. A Contribution to Sustainable Quality Development of the Knowledge Society", 16-17 June 2016, Barcelona, Spain

The conference aimed at presenting and disseminating further results of the IMPALA project (i.e., methodology and application of impact evaluation of external quality assurance in higher education institutions) to a wider interested audience. Four case studies of impact evaluation of quality assurance in higher education institutions were presented. Three speeches by noted higher education researchers allowed to embed the theme into current debates on higher education institution governance and higher education policy. The conference also intended to gather input from participants’s critical reflection of the conference theme, in particular European quality assurance agencies and other higher education institution stakeholders. Furthermore, the conference should help to identify options for exploitation of the impact evaluation methodology and further research.

Conference program [→PDF]

Conference presentations

  1. Prof. Dr. Dr. Theodor Leiber (evalag, Mannheim, Germany): “Introduction to the European Commission Funded IMPALA Project” [→PDF]

  2. Prof. Dr. Jussi Välimaa (evalag, Mannheim, Germany): “Higher Education in the Networked Knowledge Society: Challenges for Impact Evaluation of Quality Management” [→PDF]

  3. Jouni Jurvelin, PhD (Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland) & Matti Kajaste (FINEEC, Helsinki, Finland): “First Case Study: Impact Evaluation of EUR-ACE Program Accreditation at Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences”  [→PDF]

  4. MariPaz Álvarez del Castillo (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain) & Anna Prades Nebot, Phd (AQU Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain): “Second Case Study: Impact Evaluation of Program Pre-accreditation at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona” [→PDF]

  5. Blazhe Todorovski (Vice-Chairperson, European Students' Union, Brussels, Belgium): “Impact Evaluation of Quality Assurance from the Perspective of Students in the EHEA”

  6. Prof. Dr. John Brennan (Emeritus, Higher Education Research, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK): “Success Factors of Quality Management in Higher Education: Are Unintended Impacts More Important than Intended Ones?” [→PDF]

  7. Prof. Dr. Maarja Beerkens (Institute of Public Administration, Leiden University, The Hague, The Netherlands): “Evidence-based Policy in Higher Education Quality Assurance: Learning from the Experience of Others” [→PDF]

  8. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Radu Damian (ARACIS, Bucharest, Romania) & Prof. Dr.-Ing. Radu Vacareanu (Rector, Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania) & Andrei-Stelian Bejan (Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania): “Third Case Study: Impact Evaluation of Institutional and Program Accreditation at Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest” [→PDF]

  9. Bertram Welker (Staff Unit Quality Development, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany) & Theodor Leiber (evalag, Mannheim, Germany): “Fourth Case Study: Impact Evaluation of the Program Review Process at University of Stuttgart” [→PDF]

  10. Prof. Dr. Dr. Theodor Leiber (evalag, Mannheim, Germany): “Résumé of the Conference: A Quick SWOT Analysis of Impact Evaluation of Quality Management in Higher Education Institutions” [→PDF]

Related publications are under planning.