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1 Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance 19 May 2009 Axel Aerden International Policy Advisor

2 | | 2 Overview 1.Terminology 2.Principles regarding Standards & Guidelines 3.Standards & Guidelines regarding institutions 4.Institutional assessment report 5.Standards & Guidelines regarding programmes 6.Programme assessment report Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance

3 | | 3 1. Terminology -Standards? -A published and accepted descriptor defined by an authority in order to evaluate a certain aspect of an entity (here: theme/programme/institution) -Guidelines? -“A line by which one is guided” -A means of determining how a standard can be achieved, interpreted and/or evaluated Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance

4 | | 4 2. Principles regarding Standards & Guidelines -Context -HE system -Position HE in society -Stakeholders -Define & identify stakeholders -Institutional autonomy -Tempered by recognition – responsibilities -Appropriate and necessary burden -Achieve objectives -Fitness for purpose Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance

5 | | 5 2. Principles regarding Standards & Guidelines -Generic standards ≠ Narrow, prescriptive and highly formulated  Broad acceptance -Focus -What should be done? ≠ How they should be achieved  Do not dictate practice -Focus on education -Academic standards ≠ Research -Professional orientation ≠ Service to society Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance

6 | | 6 3. Standards & Guidelines regarding institutions -The institutional framework -Legal preconditions -Organisational structure -Financial safeguards -Liability insurance -… -The quality of education -Internal quality assurance system -Staff -Programmes (“audit trails”)  Measures for improvement  Involvement of staff, students, alumni, stakeholders Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance

7 | | 7 3. Standards & Guidelines regarding institutions -The academic framework -Academic regulations -Staff -Quality -Quantity -Facilities -Degree awarding  QA: “Licensing” assessment / Audits -Recognition / license has a certain validity Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance

8 | | 8 4. Institutional assessment report -Identify the institution -Legal basis -Organisational structure (shareholders/ownership) -Substantiate per standard and overall report -Objective findings -Subjective evaluations -Publish -Publication of result (decisions – reports) -Register assessed institutions -Public register of assessed (recognised) institutions -Positive listing vs. blacklisting Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance

9 | | 9 5. Standards & Guidelines regarding programmes -What do you want to know?  How are you going to find out what you want to know? -Ask questions regarding programmes -Which programme is it? -What does the programme intend to achieve? -Will the programme achieve its intentions? -How does the programme monitor its achievements? -Does the programme achieve its intentions? -... Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance

10 | | 10 5. Standards & Guidelines regarding programmes -Which programme is it? -Level -Discipline -Orientation -... -What does the programme intend to achieve?  Are the intended learning outcomes in line with what is (inter)nationally expected/accepted? -Level (e.g. Master) -Discipline -Benchmarking Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance

11 | | 11 5. Standards & Guidelines regarding programmes -Will the programme achieve its intentions?  Can students achieve the intended learning outcomes (or objectives) of the programme given the following elements: -Curriculum -Design -Correspondence with intended learning outcomes -Workload -Facilities / Services -Staff -Quantity / Quality Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance

12 | | 12 5. Standards & Guidelines regarding programmes -How does the programme monitor its achievements? -Student assessments -Internal quality assurance -Progress / Graduation statistics -Does the programme achieve its intentions?  Are the intended learning outcomes achieved by the students? -Student work (papers, dissertations, theses) Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance

13 | | 13 5. Standards & Guidelines regarding programmes -What does the programme intend to achieve? -Input elements (less popular) -Academic framework -Facilities -Staff -Class observations -... -Output elements (increasingly popular) -Intended learning outcomes -Curriculum design -Achievement of graduates (learning outcomes) -Student work, papers, seminars -... Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance

14 | | 14 6. Programme assessment report -Identify the programme -Institution, level, discipline,..., learning outcomes -Substantiate per standard and overall report -Objective findings -Subjective evaluations -Publish -Publication of result (decisions – reports) -Register assessed programmes -Public register of assessed (recognised) programmes -Positive listing vs. blacklisting Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance

15 | | 15 QUESTIONS ? More information: http://www.nvao.net http://www.qrossroads.eu a.aerden@nvao.net Standards and Guidelines for External Quality Assurance


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