Impact of accreditation on quality assurance: A case study of public and private universities in Ghana

Dattey, K., 2018, [Groningen]: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. 221 p.

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  • Kwame Dattey
The main objective of the study was to determine the influence accreditation has had on the quality of Ghanaian universities after various cycles of assessments. This was against the backdrop of the immense importance the concept of quality, and its assurance in higher education institutions, had assumed in the world.
The study utilised aspects of cross-sectional and longitudinal approaches for its investigation. This was based on the expectation that changes would likely occur in selected input variables – curriculum, staffing, library, physical facilities and funding - between one cycle of assessments for accreditation and a subsequent one. Thus, in accord with the accreditation procedure, evaluators assessed and identified deficiencies in the studied indicators and provided suggestions for improvement. The suggestions provided by the evaluators, if implemented, were expected to correct the identified deficiencies and help improve their quality. Reports from subsequent assessments therefore, would likely show that there had been improvements, at least, over what prevailed in the previous situation. Opinions of academics and students, as key stakeholders, were sought to ascertain whether there had indeed been improvements over the assessment period.
Conclusions from the study, essentially supported the fact that there had been improvements in the universities and their programmes going by selected input indicators; the study found differences between public and private universities’ enhancement actions. It should however be noted that, the observed improvements could not be generalised beyond the selected input factors, as the Ghanaian accreditation system was yet to extend its assessments beyond that remit.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Hofman, W, Supervisor
  • Westerheijden, D.F., Co-supervisor, External person
  • Awusabo-Asare, K., Assessment committee, External person
  • Vossensteyn, J.J., Assessment committee, External person
  • Veen, van, Klaas, Assessment committee
Award date22-Nov-2018
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-94-034-1180-4
Electronic ISBNs978-94-034-1179-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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