Tasks New objectives of the State Accreditation Committee under the Law on Higher Education of 27 July 2005: Presentation to the minister responsible for higher education opinions and proposals concerning: 1) the assessment of the quality of education in a given field of study, including teacher training, 2) the compliance with legal requirements for the running of degree programmes of higher education, 3) the establishment of a new higher education institution, 4) awarding a school the right to run degree programmes: - in a given field of study and at a given level of study, - as part of a macro-field of study, - as part of an interdisciplinary programme, 5) awarding the right to run degree programmes at an external centre established by a unit with the right to offer postgraduate (M.A.) programmes and the establishment of an external teaching centre by a higher education institution that does not have basic organizational units , 6) the extension of licences granted to non-public higher education institutions, 7) the establishment of a higher education institution in Poland by a foreign school.
Organs of the Committee • The Committee operates in plenary sessions and via its statutory organs
Sections for Fields of Study • Committee members work in 11 sections, representing the following groups of fields of study:
Accreditation standards • Staff resources: a) core staff resources (scientists responsible for the education) – number and qualifications, b) the staff / students ratio. • Educational standards: a) educational profile of a graduate, b) the core curriculum contents. • Curriculum: a) compliance of the curriculum with the educational profile for the graduates, b) courses layout, c) analysis of lecturers’ qualifications / course programme compliance, d) quality of syllabi and support literature advised, e) quality of class teaching (random classes observations), f) workload per semester (per day, per course). • Teaching resources: a) teaching facilities, labs, equipment, b) library and electronics resources.
Accreditation standards /continuation/ • Students’ matters: a) student facilities and services, b) students’ satisfaction. • Learning outcomes: a) analysis of diploma dissertations, b) analysis of exam contents, c) credit point system. • Internal quality assurance system: a) staff evaluation system, b) students’ course evaluation system. • Research related to field of study: a) staff publications, b) conferences and grants, c) students’ involvement in research. • International cooperation and students’ exchange • Further development plans and resources
STAGES OF THE EDUCATION QUALITY ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE The Presidium selects the area of studies and institutions of higher education to be evaluated in a given calendar year. The institutions which are early informed about the beginning of the assessment procedure submit a self-evaluation report to the Committee /SELF-ASSESSMENT/ The Committee Secretary appoints the experts panel. The evaluation panel inspects the institution /EXTERNAL EVALUATIONS, SITE VISIT & REPORTING/. The institution studies the report prepared by evaluation panel and sends its response to the State Accreditation Committee. The Presidium of the Committee adopts a resolution by voting it on. /FINAL ASSESSMENT/ The resolution is presented to the higher education institution and the Minister of Scienceand Higher Education.
Conditional assessments • In the period 2002-2006 the State Accreditation Commission awarded 287 conditional ratings. • Pursuant to the Committee Statutes, when a conditional assessment has been made, in its resolution the Presidium indicates the shortcomings that have to be removed and sets the time for the re-assessment.
Conditional assessments / revisits after the first conditional ratings/ • In 2002-2006 revisists were made at 212 higher education institution, resulting in 188 positive, 18 conditional and 6 negative assessments. This shows that the majority of the schools (approx. 89%) have improved the conditions and effects of education.
Reasons for negative assessments Negative assessment of the quality of education were made with respect tothe organizational units, which opened an area of study or a field of vocational study in violation of the law or offered education at a level much lower than the necessary minimum, which was mainly due to the following reasons: • there was not a sufficient number of academic teachers with appropriate formal qualifications, • education was offered in line with the curricula and syllabi which did not meet the requirements stipulated in educational standards, as result of which the graduates did not acquire the knowledge and skills thatare expected to be acquired upon the completion of a given area of study, • the principles and criteria governing the preparation and assessment of the diploma theses were defined or principles and criteria were adopted as a result of which theses did not meet the basic methodological requirements or their topics were not related to the area of study pursued by students, • sufficient and appropriate resources and facilities were not available – there was no laboratory, equipment or library, • research to the extent and at the level that guarantees education at the master’s level was not conducted.
Relation of students’ number at assessed and non-assesed fields of study
Results of education quality evaluation • In the years 2002-2006 the Committee award 1663 ratings on the evaluation of education quality including: 23 outstanding ratings, 1293 positive ratings, 287 conditional ratings, 60 negative ratings, amounting to c. 2%, 78%, 17% and 4% of the total of legally binding ratings.
Opinions on Applications • Out of 2979 application submitted to the Committee in 2002-2006, the Polish State Accreditation Committee examined 2952applications. The Committee gave a positive opinion on 1503 applications, and negative opinion on 1405 proposals.
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