Higher Education in the World 2007

Accreditation for Quality Assurance: What's at Stake?

The 2007 report, Accreditation for Quality Assurance: What is at Stake?, includes papers from 48 eminent scholars from around the world discussing, from both global and regional perspectives, the issues associated with accreditation in higher education.

Higher Education in the World 2007


The report attempts to answer these questions based on a theoretical analysis and practical evidence.  It also includes a Delphi poll of more than 100 key experts and practitioners giving their views on the subject, and contains supporting statistics, analytical maps and a detailed bibliography.

Some of the principal issues dealt with are:

  1. What are the historical and sociological roots of accreditation?
  2. What are the current mechanisms of accreditation?
  3. How do they take care of cross-border higher education?
  4. What are the financial implications of accreditation?
  5. How to avoid corruption in the process?
  6. What are the steps to set up an ideal accreditation agency?
  7. What are the main issues related to the governance of the process?



  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government