Academic Standards and Quality Assurance: The Impact of COVID-19 on University Degree Programs

Kelum A. A. Gamage*, R. G. G. Roshan Pradeep, Vesna Najdanovic-Visak, Nanda Gunawardhana

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Abstract

COVID-19, caused by a member of the coronavirus family of viruses, has spread to most countries around the world since it was first recorded in humans in China in late 2019. Closing universities and cancelling all face-to-face activities have become a COVID-19 inevitable reality in many parts of the world. Its impact on university programs, particularly to maintain academic standards and quality assurance procedures, has become significantly more challenging and complex. New ways of working digitally, to minimize disruption to daily operations, have also led to enormous anxiety and uncertainty within the student population, and meeting students’ expectations has also become significantly more difficult. This paper reviews actions taken by universities to safeguard high academic standards and quality assurance procedures during this time and appraise the challenges and impacts on students’ academic performance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10032
Number of pages14
JournalSustainability
Volume12
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

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Keywords

  • Accreditation
  • Assessment moderation
  • Assessment of learning outcomes
  • External quality assurance
  • Internal quality assurance

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