Quality assurance of education programs is a complex task and can serve several different functions such as helping to identify pedagogical strengths and weaknesses in a program, or, in extreme cases, providing evidence for its cessation. In most cases attention is directed to either the features of the educational experience (including curriculum content, course administration, delivery and assessment mechanisms) or to an assessment of the abilities of the graduating students.
In Norway, NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) is the controlling authority for educational activity at all Norwegian universities, special field universities, university colleges and institutions with single accredited higher education programmes. Through an evaluation procedure NOKUT decides on the recognition of the institutions’ internal quality assurance systems and carries out checks to see if their educational provision meets national quality standards.
In addition to the standard NOKUT’s quality assurance, ExcITEd evaluates: