|By Porntip Kanjananiyot, Executive Director
Thailand-U.S. Educational Foundation (Fulbright)
Global movement in educational reform has brought Quality Assurance into focus especially in higher educational institutions. The introduction of Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Thailand began in 1996 when MUA announced the policy and guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. The announcement of National Education Act in 1999 had further promoted the quality movement among Thai institutions. According to the Act, quality assurance in educational system comprises of internal and external systems. Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) is the responsibility of the institution and its governing agency to establish a system and ensure the continuing operation of such system. External Quality Assurance (EQA) is the responsibility of a newly established public organization, Office of the National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA). This paper presents the skeleton outlines of both frameworks. Stages of development of IQA in Thai higher educational institutions can be defined into four phases as; introductory phase, total implementation phase, internal integration phase and learning and sharing phase. The paper also presents some of the experiences and learning gained from the process and challenges facing Thai institutions and finally recommendations for continuing sustainability of quality assurance system in higher education.
ข้อเขียนทั้งภาษาไทยและภาษาอังกฤษทุกเรื่องที่นำเสนอโดยมูลนิธิการศึกษาไทย-อเมริกัน (ฟุลไบรท์) ผู้สนใจสามารถจะนำไปใช้ประโยชน์ต่อการเรียนการสอนและกิจกรรมทางการศึกษาที่เกี่ยวข้องได้โดยขอความกรุณาอ้างอิงถึงแหล่งที่มาให้ชัดเจนด้วย
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