National Responses to European Demands – The Case of Slovenia
The article presents various understandings and practices that explain the role and expansion of external quality assurance processes, which are today in the centre of debates on European higher education and are vital for the success of the Bologna process as a whole. This also applies for the accreditation, which has become a widely established quality assurance mechanism in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). On one hand, broader trends that characterize these processes at the EHEA level are analysed, and on the other hand, the case of Slovenia is presented as the response of the national system to “European” requirements regarding their implementation. From a historical perspective, current trends and future challenges, the last three decades’ development is analysed; first the processes are placed in the context of the eighties of the twentieth century, when the rise of quality assessment and assurance appears, then it deals with the quality assurance and accreditation in the context of the Bologna Process and at the end with some of the possible future challenges, which appear in the EHEA wider and in Slovenia.
Keywords: quality assurance, accreditation, Bologna Process, Slovenia.