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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Management audit

core definition

Management audit in higher education, is a process for checking that management procedures are in place to assure quality, integrity or standards of provision and outcomes.

explanatory context

Management audit is often subsumed within a general institutional audit.

analytical review

INQAAHE (2001, p. 2) make a distinction between auditing the procedures for quality assurance and auditing management and policy-making processes:

A management audit looks also at general management, general policy and policy making.


The UNESCO definition is

Management Audit: A management audit reviews the general management, policy, and policy-making of a given institution. (Vlãsceanu et al., 2004, p. 24)

associated issues


related areas

See also


external institutional audit

internal institutional audit


International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), 2001, Annex: Clarification and Glossary, to a questionnaire conducted in December, 2001. This is no longer the site of INQAAHE, document not accessible online 4 February 2011 but can be seen here.

Vlãsceanu, L., Grünberg, L., and Pârlea, D., 2004, Quality Assurance and Accreditation: A Glossary of Basic Terms and Definitions (Bucharest, UNESCO-CEPES) Papers on Higher Education, ISBN 92-9069-178-6.

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