Don Westerheijden

Senior Research Associate

Don Westerheijden is senior research associate at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) of the University of Twente, the Netherlands, where he co-ordinates research on quality management. Don mostly studies quality assurance and accreditation in higher education in the Netherlands and Europe, its impacts, as well as university rankings. Policy evaluation is another area of research interest. In 1993–2005 he co-developed the CRE/EUA Institutional Evaluation Programme. He led the independent assessment of the Bologna Process in 2009/2010. He is a member of the team that develops and publishes U-Multirank, the online, multidimensional worldwide university ranking. He is a member of the editorial board of the journals Quality in Higher Education and Qualität in der Wissenschaft, besides serving on international boards of quality assurance agencies in Portugal (A3ES) and Hong Kong (UGC-QAC), and on the Advisory board of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His publications include e.g. de Boer, H., File, J., Huisman, J., Seeber, M., Vukasović, M., and Westerheijden, D. F. (2017). Policy Analysis of Structural Reforms in Higher Education: Processes and Outcomes; and Westerheijden, D. F., Stensaker, B., Rosa, M. J., and Corbett, A. (2014). "Next Generations, Catwalks, Random Walks and Arms Races: Conceptualising the development of quality assurance schemes." European Journal of Education, 49(3), 421-434.