The social dimension of Higher Education has never been before so much emphasized. This is because it is expected that universities will lead the resolution of the challenges that face our societies. Quality assurance agencies way to help universities to tackle this and other challenges is through the establishment of assessment procedures.
In this paper we will go through a brief presentation of several assessment frameworks, and then proceed to present the findings of a student survey that identifies barriers to equity in access and in progress in Spain; the survey also offers information regarding teaching practices and student participation. The contrast within the theoretical framework and the empirical results about local barriers or challenges regarding some dimensions of the social relevance of Higher Education will help to pinpoint what should be local and what should be global in this hypothetical assessment process.
This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.