Accreditation and Expansion in Danish Higher Education

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During the last decade, an accreditation system for higher education has been introduced in Denmark. Accreditation partly represents continuity from an earlier evaluation system, but it is also part of a government policy to increasingly define higher education institutions as market actors. The attempts of universities to increase their student enrolments have combined with the logic of accreditation to produce an increasing number of higher education degrees, often overlapping in content. Students’ scope for choice has been widened, but the basis for and the consequences of choice have become less clear.
Translated title of the contributionAkkreditering og ekspansion i dansk videregående uddannelse
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Studies in Education
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)201-212
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • education policy
  • accreditation
  • evaluation
  • university

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