Quality in professional accounting education provision in the UK - the CIMA experience

McChlery, S. and Paisey, C. (2003) Quality in professional accounting education provision in the UK - the CIMA experience. Accounting Education, 12(2), pp. 197-225. (doi: 10.1080/0963928032000091774)

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The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) introduced its Quality Through Partnership (QTP) scheme in 1994. This scheme was designed to provide a system of monitoring and quality control for colleges providing CIMA tuition. Following a review of colleges by trained assessors, those colleges which had in place quality procedures that met certain minimum threshold standards were approved under the QTP scheme in terms of the quality of their course delivery. The aim of this paper is to trace the development of the QTP scheme in the UK since its inception within the context of evolving notions of ‘quality’. The paper begins by discussing notions of quality, distinguishing between quality control and quality assurance, and emphasizing the evolutionary process indicated by the progression from control to assurance. The history of the QTP scheme since its inception is then traced. Finally, the experience of the QTP scheme is reflected upon in the light of the concept of quality within professional education.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paisey, Professor Catriona
Authors: McChlery, S., and Paisey, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Accounting Education
ISSN (Online):1468-4489
Published Online:04 June 2010

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