What is it about?

Quality management and accredition systems have been applied to educational contexts for different purposes in several forms in the past 15 years. In Turkey, as in the rest of the world, quality management systems have been regarded as the resolutions for key questions in the higher education system. However, so far implementations resulted in outcomes considered as the indication of more complex key questions.

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Why is it important?

This overview presents the current situation of Turkish higher education, and discusses quality management and accreditation systems implemented in universities with a focus on the needs of reformative actions and improvement. Outstanding examples from different Turkish universities are presented. Finally, after a general conclusion, a framework is recommended for the adaptation of quality systems in Turkish universities.


Higher education policies require long-term plans, and these plans should embrace not only problem-solving concerns, but also concisive complex key issues since the university is complex in nature. Moving toward an approach to a new one is painful. You cannot start only with the methodologies without establishing policies. Every experience exists within an idea system. It is this idea system that creates your policies.

Professor Fatma Mizikaci
Ankara University

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This page is a summary of: Quality Systems and Accredition in Higher Education: An overview of Turkish higher education, Quality in Higher Education, April 2003, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13538320308160.
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