The report is the project’s first outcome, and provides an overview of quality tools, quality models and quality labels, currently in use in (professional) higher education. It is followed by a gap analysis as regards the Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG), and the identified characteristics of PHE.
The report is structured as follows:
- Chapter I presents the background of the PHExcel initiative and introduces the preliminary HAPHE definition of PHE and the preliminary HAPHE key characteristics. These characteristics of PHE are illustrated in different matrices;
- Chapter II provides the desk research on models and labels and displays in greater detail the models and labels selected for further investigation;
- Chapter III continues the desk research by offering a typology with a more distinct outline. The aim is to highlight common features and dissimilarities of the quality tools, and thus identify that which unites and separates the tools;
- Chapter IV puts focus on the gap analysis against the ESG. As the overall reference framework, models and labels are compared to the ESG with the aim of identifying coverage and gaps within each model and label;
- Chapter V moves further on with an additional gap analysis concerning selected models and labels, and the fundamental basis for this comparison is the preliminary HAPHE key characteristics. Here, the intention is to display which elements of PHE characteristics are present within each tool. Just as in the ESG gap analysis, an important issue is to address both the extent of coverage and the gaps which might occur in the comparison with the domains of Teaching and Learning, Research and Policy and Strategy. Separate sections on each of the three domains are presented.
- Chapter VI outlines the concluding remarks of the PHExcel initiative’s first step. Further, it lays out the work to be conducted in the remainder of the project, including the way forward to developing a quality framework for PHE excellence.