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Academic Standards and Quality Assurance: The Impact of COVID-19 on University Degree Programs

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James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
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University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya 20400, Sri Lanka
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Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (CEAC), Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI), Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
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Learning and Teaching Research Group, Sri Lanka Technological Campus, Padukka 10500, Sri Lanka
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Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 10032; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310032
Received: 30 September 2020 / Revised: 7 November 2020 / Accepted: 11 November 2020 / Published: 1 December 2020
COVID-19, caused by a member of the coronavirus family of viruses, has spread to most countries around the world since it was first recorded in humans in China in late 2019. Closing universities and cancelling all face-to-face activities have become a COVID-19 inevitable reality in many parts of the world. Its impact on university programs, particularly to maintain academic standards and quality assurance procedures, has become significantly more challenging and complex. New ways of working digitally, to minimize disruption to daily operations, have also led to enormous anxiety and uncertainty within the student population, and meeting students’ expectations has also become significantly more difficult. This paper reviews actions taken by universities to safeguard high academic standards and quality assurance procedures during this time and appraise the challenges and impacts on students’ academic performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: assessment of learning outcomes; internal quality assurance; external quality assurance; assessment moderation; accreditation assessment of learning outcomes; internal quality assurance; external quality assurance; assessment moderation; accreditation
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Gamage, K.A.A.; Pradeep, R.G.G.R.; Najdanovic-Visak, V.; Gunawardhana, N. Academic Standards and Quality Assurance: The Impact of COVID-19 on University Degree Programs. Sustainability 2020, 12, 10032. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310032

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Gamage KAA, Pradeep RGGR, Najdanovic-Visak V, Gunawardhana N. Academic Standards and Quality Assurance: The Impact of COVID-19 on University Degree Programs. Sustainability. 2020; 12(23):10032. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310032

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Gamage, Kelum A.A., R. G. G. Roshan Pradeep, Vesna Najdanovic-Visak, and Nanda Gunawardhana. 2020. "Academic Standards and Quality Assurance: The Impact of COVID-19 on University Degree Programs" Sustainability 12, no. 23: 10032. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310032

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