A comprehensive model for assessing the quality in higher education institutions
Publication Type
Original research

Purpose – This study aims to propose a comprehensive model for assessing the quality of academic programs
in higher education institutions (HEIs) by adopting the TQM philosophy.
Design/methodology/approach – Based on a sample of 377 responses from higher education academics,
experts and professionals in Sweden, partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) technique
was used to empirically test the proposed hypotheses and validate the model.
Findings – The model reveals that the input-based factors have a stronger impact on the process-based
factors; while process-based factors have less impact on the output-based factors. The input-based factors:
adoption of international pedagogy standards (IPS), education infrastructure (EDI), and work/study
environment (WSE) through the process-based factors quality of students (QOS) and quality of faculty staff
(QFS) is found to have a significant impact on output-based factor quality of academic programs (QAP).
Research limitations/implications – This study has been conducted in Sweden. Inclusion of other
countries provides opportunities for further analysis by conducting cross-comparison between different
cultures in higher education, and including additional stakeholders such as policymakers, parents and
Practical implications – This research also contributes to practice by providing an in-depth understanding
of the relationships among variables that affect the quality of academic programs in HEIs, and provides
insights to internally assess the quality levels of their academic programs
Originality/value – This study contributes to the knowledge by providing a holistic view in which it
integrates input, process and output perspectives in a conceptual model to assess the quality of academic
programs at the higher education level.
Keywords Quality assessment, TQM, Higher education, Academic programs, Pedagogy, Universities
Paper type Research paper

The TQM Journal
Emerald Publishing Limited
Publisher Country
United Kingdom
Impact Factor
Publication Type
Both (Printed and Online)