Sustaining Quality of Higher Education in Nigeria Through Accreditation and Quality Assurance
Abstract: This paper examines Quality Control and its sustenance in the Higher Education System in Nigeria, through the instrumentation of Accreditation and Quality Assurance framework and programs. It examines the evolution and growth of higher education in the country, from the early 20th century, its diversity and proprietorship/ownership structure. Furthermore, Licensing, Accreditation and quality assurance procedures and its implementation challenges, as well as its impact on the standard of higher education were also examined. Given the historical performance and appraisal of the regulatory powers, roles and functions of the National University Commission, the paper submits that the Accreditation and Quality Assurance procedures have significantly assisted to achieve standards in the system, and sustained quality of the programs outcomes or products. The paper recommends that, to sustain and enhance the quality and achievements in the face of global competitiveness in the educational sector, government, proprietors and all stakeholders should continually address the common challenges of adequate financing, continuous quality assurance and accreditation framework, boosting infrastructure, enhance ICT deployment, through effective policy consistency, continuity, and political commitment to set goals.
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Authors: Alibi Olatunji John