The relationship between quality assurance and impact has increasingly gaining attention during the last two decades. The focus, however, is usually put on the impact of quality assurance. In this paper, the authors want to shift the attention to how QA could contribute to assessing the impact of higher education (institutions) and what this implies methodologically.
After presenting two current initiatives on monitoring “broad” and “deep” impact at their own institution, the authors thus argue for a more “investigative” approach in quality assurance, which might also strengthen links to institutional decision-making.
This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.