University of Oulu

Kauppila, O., Kinnunen, T., Harkonen, J., Kujala, J. (2015) Integrated internal evaluation in a higher education institution. International Journal of Management in Education, 9 (1), 92-110. doi:10.1504/IJMIE.2015.066351

Integrated internal evaluation in a higher education institution

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Author: Kauppila, Osmo1; Kinnunen, Tuomo2; Härkönen, Janne2;
Organizations: 1Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014, Finland
2Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, PL 4610, 90014 Oulun Yliopisto, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2015
Publish Date: 2019-11-25


Evaluations, both internal and external, have become increasingly common and often compulsory in higher education. Nevertheless, utilising the evaluation results and linking the evaluations to the university′s quality assurance system often proves challenging. This article aims to analyse how internal evaluation should be conducted in order to enable integration of internal and external evaluations in higher education. The study is based on analysing an internal evaluation project carried out in a university in Finland. The findings of this study include presenting relevant roles and activities of stakeholders, and key requirements, during different phases of internal evaluation. The key requirements for the success of the integrated internal evaluations identified in this study include: internal evaluation should be based on peer evaluations, evaluators should be trained and given adequate base information to enable critical and logical evaluation and internal evaluation ought to be seen as a collective process with shared ownership.

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Series: International journal of management in education
ISSN: 1750-385X
ISSN-E: 1750-3868
ISSN-L: 1750-385X
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Pages: 92 - 110
DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2015.066351
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: © 2014 Inderscience Publishers.