Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-21, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 18 June, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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Ex-ante assessment

core definition

Ex-ante assessment involves undertaking an evaluation of the conditions for the launch of a programme or institution.

explanatory context

As programme cannot be  reviewed or assessed until they have been in operation, new programmes need to be evaluated on the potential of the institution to ensure appropriate quality and standards. In the US, programme accreditation remains provisional until a full cohort of students has graduated from the programme.

analytical review

Campbell and Rozsnyai (2002, p. 132) define:

Ex ante assessment/evaluation: Assessing/evaluating quality before a programme or institution is launched, often as a condition for granting a license to operate


An example of an ex-ante assessment is that of the Area Plan for the Highlands and Islands Special transitional programme (2000–2006). It involved consultants attending and giving advice at Plan team meetings, writing on specific elements, producing an evaluation of the Plan draft and submitting it to the European Commission. (Ecotec, 1999)

associated issues

related areas

See also

ex-post assessment


Campbell, C. & Rozsnyai, C., 2002, Quality Assurance and the Development of Course Programmes. Papers on Higher Education Regional University Network on Governance and Management of Higher Education in South East Europe Bucharest, UNESCO.

ECOTEC Research and Consulting, 1999, Ex Ante Evaluation of the Highlands and Islands Special Programme, 29/10/99, available at, no longer at this address 7 March 2011.

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