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1 Relationship between external and internal quality assurance A university point of view Dr. Cis Van Den Bogaert University of Antwerp Bari, 17 April 2012

2 1 Antwerp Belgiums 2nd city, Flanders largest city economical and cultural centre major port, industry, commerce, diamonds, fashion, Rubens … University of Antwerp

3 Founded in 2003 (merger), roots in 1852 Antwerp University Association: 1 University + 4 University Colleges Medium sized: ± students Publicly funded Autonomous education and research policy Active pluralism Excellence in research Research-based education:bachelor, master, PhD 2

4 3 7 (9) faculties 3 Humanities and Social Sciences Applied Economics Literature, Languages, History and Philosophy Law Political and Social Sciences Political and Social Sciences Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Medicine and Health Sciences Life Sciences Natural, Engineering and Design Sciences Sciences Applied Engineering Design Sciences + autonomous institutions: - Education and Teacher Training - Development Policy - Sustainable Development + autonomous institutions: - Education and Teacher Training - Development Policy - Sustainable Development

5 Education Committee / Course leader Discipline / Degree programme Faculty Institution Faculty Board / Dean University Board / Rector Advice Decision Educational organization Education Council Policy development Cell for Innovation and Quality Assurance of Education (CIKO)

6 University Professional Academic Flanders structure of higher education 1 ECTS credit = hours workload 60 ECTS credits = 1 academic year Secondary school Professional Bachelor (180 credits) Advanced Bachelor (minimum 60 credits) Academic Bachelor (180 credits) Master (min. 60 credits, mostly 120 credits) Advanced Master (minimum 60) PhD University College

7 The Netherlands/ Flanders: External Quality Assessment Institution QA Agency Accreditation Organization Internal evaluation Degree Programme Self-evaluation Report Visitation Guide Visitation Report Visitation Committee Assessment Framework NVAO Accreditation Report Accreditation Decision Accreditation

8 The 8-year QA cycle Curriculum review Self-reflection & self- evaluation report Implementation of the new curriculum Visitation Accreditation internal quality assurance external quality assurance

9 Follow up internal/external QA Visitation report Education committee takes/plans actions Follow up report to Faculty Board/QA-cell F e e d b a c k Follow up report to Education Council Reading group of peers

10 New Accreditation System (NAS - Flanders) I.Institutional Review 1.Vision strategic policy, planning, goals 2.Realization actions, procedures, instruments 3.Check internal quality assessment, feedback 4.Improvement actions for improvement II.Assessment of degree programmes 1.Intended learning outcomes 2.Teaching – learning process 3.Assessment and achieved learning outcomes

11 10 Relationship iQA - NAS How do we … cope with NAS? prepare for NAS? use NAS to improve our iQA?

12 11 Our strategic roadmap 1.Translate our educational vision into clear, achievable goals and make sure that our faculties support these goals 2.Define, conduct and assess university- wide and faculty-deep actions to achieve these goals

13 12 1. Educational vision: goals 1.Nexus teaching – research 2.Competence-based education 3.Student-centred learning 4.Internationalization 2-page policy document Vision on education: realization

14 13 2. Actions: university-wide & faculty-deep 7 action lines: Nexus Learning outcomes Alignment Masters thesis Feedback groups Assessment policy Course information 4 goals: Nexus Competences Student-centred International

15 14 Our way to make our actions successful 1.Bring faculties together, let them show their good practices Yearly Policy Days Faculty DUOs 2.Make documenting feasible and visible Digital programme portfolio 3.Invest in innovative development in the faculties, in line with our goals and actions : Assessment Policy

16 15 1. Faculty DUOs 15 Humanities and Social Sciences Applied Economics Literature, Languages, History and Philosophy Law Political and Social Sciences Political and Social Sciences Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Medicine and Health Sciences Life Sciences Natural, Engineering and Design Sciences Sciences Applied Engineering Design Sciences

17 2. Documenting : Blackboard

18 17 3. Innovate: assessment policy 1.University Fund for Educational Innovation 2012: money used for Assessment Policy – every faculty can hire project staff for one year (0.5 fte) 2.Developing an Assessment Policy University Policy Note (UPN) on assessment Faculties write their own policy notes based on the UPN Faculties design assessment tools and procedures benchmarking of masters theses assessment criteria for all courses of a programme formative assessment of large groups of students …

19 18 Secret of success and challenge cooperation herding cats?


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