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


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.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Accreditation,Assessment moderation,Assessment of learning outcomes,External quality assurance,Internal quality assurance,Geography, Planning and Development,Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment,Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Publication ISSN: 2071-1050
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2023 11:41
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2020 12:59
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PURE Output Type: Review article
Published Date: 2020-12-01
Accepted Date: 2020-11-11
Authors: Gamage, Kelum A. A.
Pradeep, R. G. G. Roshan
Najdanovic-Visak, Vesna (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1035-0982)
Gunawardhana, Nanda



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