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

Unit has two meanings in the context of quality in higher education, one as subject and one as object of quality review.

1. unit is the generic name for a quality monitoring department internal to an institution.

2. unit is any element that is the subject of quality review: institution, subject area, faculty, department or programme of study.

explanatory context

Most institutions in the UK, for example, have quality assurance units within the central management structure to oversee internal quality processes and liaise with external agencies.

analytical review

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

An institution, a faculty, or programme of study.

associated issues


related areas

See also



internal quality monitoring


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.

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