A Preliminary Case Study for Collaborative Quality Enhancement

Charles D McCartan, J Paul Hermon, Fredrik Georgsson, Henrik Björklund, Jonny Pettersson

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Eight universities have collaborated in an Erasmus+ funded project to create a lean process to enhance self-evaluation and accreditation through peer alliance and cooperation. Central to this process is the partnering of two institutions as critical friends, based on prior selfevaluations of specific programmes to identify particular criteria for improvement. A pairing algorithm matches two institutions based on their respective self-evaluation scores. It ensures there are significant differences in key criteria that are mutually beneficial for future programme development and enhancement. The ensuing meetings between critical friends have been designated as ‘cross-sparring’. This paper focuses on a case-study of the crosssparring and resulting enhancement outcomes between Umeå University and Queen’s University Belfast, and their respective Masters programmes in Software Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The collaborative experiences of the process are evaluated, reported, discussed and conclusions provided on the efficacy of this particular application of cross-sparring.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International CDIO Conference, Turku University of Applied Sciences
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-216-610-4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Event12th International CDIO Conference 2016 - Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland
Duration: 12 Jun 201616 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International CDIO Conference
ISSN (Print)2002-1593
ISSN (Electronic)1796-9964


Conference12th International CDIO Conference 2016
Abbreviated titleCDIO 2016
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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