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 22 September, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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core definition

Oversight, in the quality context, refers to the process of keeping a quality process or initiative under observation, such that a person or organisation has a watching brief on developments.

explanatory context

Oversight is a rather general term and is sometimes linked closely to a controlling function and sometimes to a more detached evaluative function.

analytical review

For INQAAHE (2001, p. 3), oversight relates to the independence or otherwise of the quality agency

Oversight, also called control or meta-evaluation concerns the question of who is controlling the agency? Who is evaluating the activities of the agency? Is there an authority who evaluate the evaluations (meta-evaluation)?

associated issues


related areas

See also







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.

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