Evaluating Service Quality and Performance of Higher Education Institutions: A Systematic Review and a Post COVID-19 Outlook
Camilleri, M.A. (2021). Evaluating service quality and performance of higher education institutions: A systematic review and a post COVID-19 outlook. International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences. DOI: 10.1108/IJQSS-03-2020-0034
22 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2021
Date Written: February 24, 2021
Purpose: This contribution presents a systematic review on service quality in higher education. It discusses about the latest opportunities and challenges facing higher educational institutions (HEIs) following the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Design / methodology: The research relied on the grounded theory’s inductive reasoning to capture, analyze and synthesize the findings from academic and non-academic sources. The methodology involved a systematic review from Scopus-indexed journals, from intergovernmental and non-governmental policy documents as well as from university ranking sites and league tables.
Findings: The comprehensive review suggests that HEIs can use different performance indicators and metrics to evaluate their service quality in terms of their resources, student-centered education, high impact research and stakeholder engagement. Moreover, this paper sheds light about the impact of an unprecedented COVID-19 on higher education services.
Practical implications: During the first wave of COVID-19, the delivery of higher educational services migrated from traditional and blended learning approaches to fully virtual and remote course delivery. In the second wave, policy makers imposed a number of preventative measures, including social distancing and hygienic practices, among others, on HEIs.
Originality / value: This timely contribution has synthesized the findings on service quality and performance management in the higher education context. Furthermore, it investigated the effect of COVID-19 on higher education services. It implies that HEI leaders ought to embrace online teaching models and virtual systems, as they are here to stay in a post-COVID-19 era. In conclusion, it deliberates on the challenges and responses in the short/medium term and provides a discussion on the way forward.
Keywords: higher education, service quality, service performance, COVID-19, remote learning, elearning, synchronous learning, online learning
JEL Classification: I2, I20, I23, I28, M1, M10, M15, M53
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