SEQUENCE OF MEETING • Welcome Note by the Rector • Confirmation of Minutes of 1st Meeting • Progress on Agenda Items of 1st Meeting • Discussion on Fresh Agenda Items • Working Lunch at 1400 hrs
QUALITY ENHANCEMENT CELL Director Quality Assurance
The Quality Enhancement Cell has been established at Bahria University Islamabad with the objective of significant enhancement of quality in higher learning. The major function of the QEC is to integrate the concepts of quality in the higher learning systems and to develop practical guidelines and policies for uplifting the standard of education. QUALITY ENHANCEMENT CELL
Organization of QEC • QEC is to be headed by a Director reporting directly to Rector. He / She is to be the correspondent with the outside bodies. Following is the hierarchy of QEC officials Rector Director QEC Deputy Director Data Analysts Office Assistant NaibQasid
FUNCTIONS OF Quality Enhancement Cell Following are the functions / responsibilities of QEC 1. Promoting public confidence that the quality and standards of the award of degrees are enhanced and safeguarded. 2. Review of quality standards and the quality of teaching and learning in each subject area. 3. Review of academic affiliations with other institutions in terms of effective management of standards and quality of programs. 4. Develop qualifications framework by setting out the attributes and abilities that can be expected from the holder of a qualification, i.e. Bachelors, Bachelor with Honors, Master’s, M.Phil, Doctoral. 5. Develop program specifications. These are standard set of information clarifying what knowledge understanding, skills and other attributes a student will have developed on successfully completing a specific program.
To develop quality Assurance process and methods of evaluation to affirm that quality of provision and standards of awards are being maintained and to foster curriculum, subject and staff development, to gather with research and other scholarly activities. 7. Ensure that the university’s quality assurance procedures are designed to fit in with the arrangements in place nationally for maintaining and improving the quality of Higher education.
8. QEC is responsible to develop procedures for the following: • Approval of new programs • Annual monitoring and evaluation including program monitoring, faculty monitoring and student’s perception. • Departmental review • Student feedback • Employer feedback • Quality assurance of Master’s, M.Phil and Ph.D. degree program. • Subject review • Instructional assessment • Program specifications • Qualification framework
SELF ASSESSMENT SYSTEM One of the basic component of Quality Assurance process is the Self assessment for the university Programs. What is Assessment? Assessment is a systematic process of gathering, reviewing and using important quantitative and qualitative data and information from multiple and diverse sources about educational programs, for the purpose of improving student learning, and evaluating whether academic and learning standards are being met.
SELF ASSESSMENT SYSTEM (continued) What is self assessment? Self assessment is an assessment conducted by the institution itself to assess whether programs meet the educational objectives and outcomes with the purpose to improve program’s quality and enhancing students learning.
Objectives of Self Assessment Following are the objectives: • Maintain and improve academic standards • Enhance student’s learning • Verify that the existing programs meet their objectives and institutional goals • Provide feedback for quality assurance of academic programs
Self assessment procedure Each academic program shall undergo a self assessment every year. The Quality Enhancement Cell is responsible for the planning, coordinating and following up on the self assessment(SA) activities. The steps for the procedure of self assessment are as follows: • The QEC initiates the SA one semester prior to the end of the assessment cycle through the Rector office in which the program is offered. If the program is undergoing the SA for the first time , the department will be given one academic year for preparation. • Upon receiving the initiation letter the department shall form a program team(PT). The PT will be responsible for preparing a self-assessment report(SAR) about the program under consideration over a period of one semester.
The department shall submit the SAR to the QEC through the concerned Dean/HOD. The QEC reviews the SAR within one month to ensure that it is prepared according to the required format. • The Rector forms a program assessment team (AT) in consultation with the QEC recommendations within one month. The AT comprises of 2-3 faculty members from within or outside the university. The AT must have at least one expert in the area of the assessed program. • The QEC plans and schedules the AT visit period in coordination with the department that is offering the program. • The AT conducts the assessment, submits a report and presents its findings in an exit meeting that shall be attended by the QEC, Dean, and PT and faculty members.
Self Assessment procedure (continued) • The QEC shall submit an executive summary on the AT findings to the Rector. • The department shall prepare and submit an implementation plan to QEC based on the AT findings. The plan must include AT findings and the correct actions to be taken, assignment of responsibility and the time frame for such actions. • The QEC shall follow up on the implementation plan to ensure departments are adhering to the implementation plan.The academic department shall inform the QEC each time a corrective action is implemented. QEC shall review the implementation plan once a semester to access the progress of implementation.
Self Assessment Procedure QEC initiates SA through the Rector office one semester prior to the assessment Department forms the PT that will be responsible for preparing SAR QEC reviews the Documentation within one month SAR Complete No Yes
Complete SAR The Rector forms the AT in consultation with the concerned dean based on the recommendation of the QEC QEC plans and fixes AT visit The AT conducts assessment and presents its findings to QEC, Dean, PT and dept. faculty The QEC submits an executive summary to the Rector Department prepares implementation plan Follow up of the implementation plan by QEC
COMPONENTS OF THE SELF ASSESSMENT PROCESS Self assessment is based on following eight criteria. To meet each criterion a number of standards must be satisfied. 1: PROGRAM MISSION, OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES 2: CURRICULUM DESIGN AND ORGANIZATION 3: LABORATORIES AND COMPUTING 4: STUDENT SUPPORT AND ADVISING 5: PROCESS CONTROL 6: FACULTY 7: INSTITUTIONAL FACILITIES 8: INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT
Criterion 1: PROGRAM MISSION, OBJECTIVES AND MISSION: Each program must have a mission, measureable objective and expected outcomes for graduates. Outcome includes competency and tasks graduates are expected to perform after completing the program. A strategic Plan must be placed to achieve program objectives. Following associated standards are : • Standard 1.1: The program must have documented measureable objectives that support departmental and institution mission statements. • Standard 1.2: The program must have documented outcomes for graduating students. It must be demonstrated that the outcomes support the program objectives and that graduating students are capable of performing these outcomes.
Standard 1.3: The results of program’s assessment and the extent to which they are used to improve the program must be documented. • Standard 1.4: The department must assess its overall performance periodically using quantifiable measures.
Criterion 2: CURRICULUM DESIGN AND ORGANISATION Curriculum must be designed and organized to achieve the program’s objectives and outcomes. • Standard 2.1:The curriculum must be consistent and supports the program’s documented objectives. • Standard 2.2:Theoretical background, problems analysis and solution design must be stressed within the program’s core material. • standard 2.3:The curriculum must satisfy the core requirements for the program, as specified by the respective accreditation body.
Standard 2.4: The curriculum must satisfy the major requirements for the program as specified by the respective accreditation body .
Criterion 2: Curriculum Design & Organization (continued) • Standard 2.5: The curriculum must satisfy general education, arts, professional and other discipline requirements for the program as specified by the respective accreditation body. • Standard 2.6: Information technology component of the curriculum must be integrated throughout the program. • Standard 2.7: Oral and written communication skills of the student must be developed and applied in the program.
Criterion 3: LABORATORIES AND COMPUTING FACILITIES Laboratories and computing facilities must be adequately available and accessible to faculty members and students to support teaching and research activities. To meet this criterion the standards must be satisfied. • Standard 3-1: Laboratory manuals / documentation / instructions for experiments must be available and readily accessible to faculty and students. • Standard 3-2: There must be adequate support personnel for instruction and maintaining the laboratories. • Standard 3-3: The University computing infrastructure and facilities must be adequate to support program’s objectives.
CRITERION 4: STUDENT SUPPORT AND ADVISING Student must have adequate support to complete the program in a timely manner and must have ample opportunity to interact with their instructors and receive timely advice about program requirements. To meet this criterion the standards in this section must be satisfied.
Criterion 4: Student Support and Advising(continued) STANDARD 4-1 Courses must be offered with sufficient frequency and number for students to complete the program in a timely manner STANDARD 4-2 Courses in the major area of study must be structured to ensure effective interaction between students, faculty and teaching assistants: STANDARD 4-3 Guidance on how to complete the program must be available for all students and access to advising must be available to make course decisions and carrier choices.
Criterion 5: Process Control The process by which major functions are delivered must be in place, controlled, periodically reviewed, evaluated and continuously improved . To meet this criterion a set of standard must be satisfied. • Standard 5.1:The process by which students are admitted to the program must be based on quantitative and qualitative criteria and clearly documented. This process must be periodically evaluated to ensure that it is meeting its objectives.
Criterion 5: Process Control(continued) • Standard 5-2: The process by which students are registered in the program and monitoring of students progress to ensure timely completion of the program must be documented. This process must be periodically evaluated to ensure that it is meeting its objectives. • Standard 5-3: The process of recruiting and retaining highly qualified faculty members must be in place and clearly documented. Also processes and procedures for faculty evaluation, promotion must be consistent with institution mission statement. These processes must be periodically evaluated to ensure that it is meeting its objectives.
Criterion 5: Process Control (continued) • Standard 5-4 : The process and procedures used to ensure that teaching and delivery of course material to the students emphasizes active learning and that course learning outcomes are met. The process must be periodically evaluated to ensure that it is meeting its objectives. • Standard 5-5: The process that ensures that graduates have completed the requirements of the program must be based on standards, effective procedures and clearly documented. This process must be periodically evaluated to ensure that it is meeting its objectives.
Criterion 6: Faculty Faculty members must be current and active in their discipline and have the necessary technical depth and breadth to support the program . There must be enough faculty members to provide continuity and stability, to cover the curriculum adequately and effectively, and to allow for scholarly activities. To meet this criterion the standards in this section must be satisfied.
Criterion 6: Faculty (continued) • Standard 6-1: There must be enough full time faculty who are committed to the program to provide adequate coverage of the program areas/courses, with continuity and stability. The interests and qualifications of all faculty members must be sufficient to teach all courses, plan, modify and update courses and curricula. All faculty members must have a level of competence that would normally be obtained through graduate work in the discipline. The majority of faculty must hold a Ph.D./MS in the discipline.
Criterion 6: Faculty • Standard 6-2: All faculty members must remain current in the discipline and sufficient time must be provided for scholarly activities and professional development. Also, Effective programs for faculty development must be in place. • Standard 6-3: All faculty members should be motivated and have job satisfaction to excel in their profession.
Criterion 7: INSTITUTIONAL FACILITIES Institutional facilities, including library, computing facilities, classrooms and offices must be adequate to support the objective of the program. To satisfy this criterion a number of standards must be met.
Criterion 7: Institutional Facilities(continued) • Standard 7-1 : The institution must have the infrastructure to support new trends in learning such as e-learning. • Standard 7-2: The library must possess an up-to-date technical collection relevant to the program and must be adequately staffed with professional personnel. • Standard 7-3: Class-rooms must be adequately equipped and offices must be adequate to enable faculty to carry out their responsibilities.
Criterion 8: INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT The institution’s support and the financial resources for the program must be sufficient to provide an environment in which the program can achieve its objectives and retain its strength.
Criterion 8: Institutional Support (continued) • Standard 8-1: There must be sufficient support and financial resources to attract and retain high quality faculty and provide the means for them to maintain competence as teachers and scholars. • Standard 8-2: There must be an adequate number of high quality graduate students, research assistants and Ph.D. students. • Standard 8-3: Financial resources must be provided to acquire and maintain Library holdings, laboratories and computing facilities.
IMPLEMENTATION STATUS OF QUALITY ASSURANCE MECHANISM Awareness/conference/ workshops arranged at Bahria University
Awareness/conference/ workshops arranged at Bahria University ( continued)
Awareness/conference/ workshops arranged at Bahria University ( continued)
Self-Assessment Exercise --(Scheduled from 17th September to 2nd December 2010)
Feedback Forms There are following feedback forms: • Student Course Evaluation Questionnaire (To be filled by each student at the time of course completion) • Faculty Course Review Report (To be filled by each teacher at the time of course completion). • Survey of Graduating Students. • Research Student Progress Review Form (To be filled out by Master / M. Phil / Ph.D Research Students on six monthly basis). • Faculty Survey (To be submitted on annual basis by each faculty member).
Survey of Department Offering Ph.D Program. • Alumni Survey (To be filled by Alumni - after the completion of each academic year) • Employer Survey (To be filled in the employer – after the completion of each academic year) • Teacher Evaluation Form (To be filled by the student).
What is Assessment Team? • A group of three to four senior officials with one chairman of the team. • One of the members must be a subject specialist from within or outside university. • Nomination should be proposed by the Director QEC to the Rector who will finally approve. • Team is responsible for the evaluation of SAR. Desired Skills: • Senior faculty and Dean as Chairman • Having some background of QEC working • Having good drafting analytical skills • With excellent command over written communication