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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Review team

core definition

The review team is the group of people undertaking a quality monitoring or evaluation process.

explanatory context

The review team is often the group of people that undertakes an on-site visit. However, a review team can be internal as well as external, viz. The group undertaking an internal audit of an institution.


The terms ‘peer review team’, ‘evaluation team’, ‘expert group’ ‘audit panel’ have very similar meanings in the context of quality review.


In most cases review teams are temporary, constituted for a single review or small number of reviews. The term quality committee is sometimes also used but this can have a somewhat different meaning in some circumstances, where a group of people have oversight of the quality assurance process (usually at a national level). Thus:

Quality commission/committee: Standing body of experts chosen by government or a group of higher education institutions for a specified term to establish the quality of institutions or programmes and frequently also to state its opinion on matters concerning higher education. (Campbell & Rozsnyai, 2002, p. 133)

analytical review

Campbell and Rozsnyai (2002, p. 133) define:

Review team: Same as (external) evaluation team, expert committee, visiting team, or peer review team. A group of experts not linked to the evaluated institution, unit or programme, who report on its quality based on information provided by the unit and on-site visits.


They also state:

Evaluation team: Same as a review team. (Campbell & Rozsnyai, 2002, p. 132)


The South African HEQC (2004) define:

Audit panel: External panel of peers and experts, who are selected by the HEQC to conduct institutional audits on the basis of their relevant knowledge and experience, and who are trained by the HEQC for this purpose.

associated issues


related areas

See also




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.

Council on Higher Education, Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), 2004, Criteria for Institutional Audits, April (Pretoria, Council on Higher Education).

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