Accreditation and Quality Assurance: An Alternative View
Keywords:Accreditation, Evaluation, Quality assurance, Research assessment exercise
This short paper argues that accreditation and evaluation of academic departments by external agencies often do not serve thepurpose of qualityassurance becausethey are conducted at a given point in time by teams who are not alwaysconsidered to be the peers of those evaluated. Academics are the most critiqued of all professions. In pharmacy, there is a need for a broad view of the role of education in the profession, but this is defeated by those with their own professional agendas. The basic flaw is that the education aditors are never themselves audited or subject to quality control.