This paper presents the results of the first phase of the “Quality Assurance Fit for the Future” (QA-FIT) project, which aims to map the state of play of quality assurance in the EHEA and to critically evaluate the fitness for purpose of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).
This first project phase investigated how the ESG have been adapted to different contexts, and explored how quality assurance activities are addressing recent and emerging issues, including those beyond the current scope of the ESG. The data was collected through a survey for higher education institutions that EUA and EURASHE disseminated among their members between December 2022 and January 2023. While the QA-FIT project is still ongoing, this paper already provides an insightful overview of HEIs’ perception of quality assurance practices across the EHEA, and valuable reflections on a potential future discussion about the scope and structure of the ESG.
The QA-FIT project is coordinated by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), in partnership with the European University Association (EUA), the European Students’ Union (ESU), and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE). The project also includes the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) and a number of national organisations as partners: the Irish Universities Association (IUA), the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC), the National Alliance of Student Organisations in Romania (ANOSR), and the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia (associated partner). The project was launched in June 2022 and will conclude in November 2024.
The QA-FIT project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.