2012 Seminar QA: Report – Implementation of internal and external quality assurance

2012 Seminar QA: Report - Implementation of internal and external quality assurance by EURASHE, Version 2012, EURASHE_Sem_QA_120927-28_Report.pdf (7.7 MB) - EURASHE’s Seminar on Implementation of Internal and External Quality Assurance was held in Nicosia (Cyprus), on 27 and 28 September 2012 in cooperation with European University Cyprus (EUC) and Open University of Cyprus (OUC). The Seminar was an official event of the Cyprus EU Presidency and it was in line with the priority areas of the Bologna Process/EHEA.

The Seminar was based on the European dimension of Quality Assurance (QA) and took into consideration that it starts from a guaranteed flexibility for governments to choose their system or ‘model‘ of QA, while observing the generic European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG). These are universally used in all European institutions of higher education (HE) conducting their own internal QA and/or being subjected to EQA by agencies, next to the latter’s use for their own quality purposes.

Some Observations from the Seminar

Some Observations from the Seminar by Terence Clifford-Amos, Version 2012, EURASHE_Sem_QA_120927-28_pres_CLIFFORD-AMOS.pdf (0.4 MB) - The ESG offered answers in quality assurance.There are some issues to keep in mind, such as the place of employability or the isolation of the Academic Community, the Bologna process etc.

From Theory to Practice – Preliminary Conclusions EURASHE Seminar on Implementation of IQA & EQA

From Theory to Practice - Preliminary Conclusions EURASHE Seminar on Implementation of IQA & EQA by Lucien Bollaert, Version 2012, EURASHE_Sem_QA_120927-28_pres_BOLLAERT_3.pdf (0.7 MB) -

Preliminary Conclusions of the Seminar on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), revealing the need for a manual in quality assurance.

Developing an Integrative Quality Management Policy and System

Developing an Integrative Quality Management Policy and System by Andre Vyt, Version 2012, EURASHE_Sem_QA_120927-28_pres_VYT.pdf (0.7 MB) - Practical examples will be given, linked to ESG. In the workshop, a hands-on exercise with the PROSE Toolbox and the PROSE Online Diagnostics & Documenting System (PODS) is given, for the practical development of a Quality Management System. The workshop demonstrates the possibilities of the system, not only in performing team-oriented self-assessments, but also in prioritizing items for improvement, collaborating on improvement plans, and defining evidence for good practice and quality indicators.

Quality Assessment in the University Institutes of Technology, an Original Process in the French University System

Quality Assessment in the University Institutes of Technology, an Original Process in the French University System by Armelle Motte, Brigitte Noc, Version 2012, EURASHE_Sem_QA_120927-28_pres_MOTTE_and_NOC.pdf (0.5 MB) - Our presentation will deal with the auditing process and quality assessment in the French University Institutes of Technology. Since the mid 1960s, the University Institutes of Technology have been training middle engineers and managers, with national curricula combining both a strong academic background with professional training in engineering and the service sector. The Institutes have a long history of successful partnerships with the corporate world, which is closely involved in the Institutes’ governance, the definition of curricula and the quality assessment process. The Institutes of technology have developed an efficient network of organizations both at the pedagogical and institutional levels. Thus the auditing process results from procedures and national experts’ committees jointly established by the Institutes’ network and the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education. The indicators that are surveyed range from the analysis of the environment, the implementation of the curricula, student achievement and professional integration to the strategic policy, relations with the university and general management. From the internal audits to the final experts’ conclusions, the evaluation system allows the Institutes to be responsible actors and a driving force in Higher education.

Quality Research at HEIs

Quality Research at HEIs by Nicolae Dură, Version 2012, EURASHE_Sem_QA_120927-28_pres_DURA.pdf (0.2 MB) - At the Ministerial Conference of the European Higher Education Area, which took place in Bucharest between 17 to 19 October 2011 - which was attended by stakeholders and ministers of education from about 50 European countries, where the leaders of our organization (EURASHE) were also present, represented by its President, Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides, Vice President Michal Karpíšek, and its General Secretary, Stefan Delplace, - it was remarked that the European Higher Education is found at the crossroads: between the Bologna Process and National Reforms (See A. Curaj, P. Scott, L. Vlasceanu L. Wilso, European Higher Education at the Crossroads. Between the Bologna Process and national Reforms, Ed. Springer, Bucharest, 2012, p. V-VI.). In other words, the process of the implementation of Quality Research does not have to be only in line with the priority areas of Bologna Process, but also with the National Reforms. The European dimension of Quality Research starts not only from a guaranteed flexibility for governments to choose their system or “model” of Quality Research - as it is often said - but also from the implementation of Internal and external criteria of this in line with the priority areas of the Bologna Process as well as with the National Reforms.

Testimonial from a Head of an institution in the implementation of QA proceedings

Testimonial from a Head of an institution in the implementation of QA proceedings by Pascale De Groote, Version 2012, EURASHE_Sem_QA_120927-28_pres_DEGROOTE.pdf (5.3 MB) - QA in an institution can’t be limited to a system aimed at obtaining (external) accreditation, but must first and foremost aim at maintaining and enhancing the quality itself. Only if an institution is impregnated with quality assurance and develops a culture that penetrates in all its levels, QA can become an instrument for policy making. Therefore QA can’t be the prerogative of QA specialists, but has to get implemented in every fibre of all involved in the making and executing of the institution’s policy. This is only possible when QA is not imposed as a monolithic system, but if it is translated to the specific needs of every section. In doing this, using discipline specific frameworks and standards proves to be a real asset.

How do the Mission and Role of Professionally Oriented HEIs impact internal QA proceedings?

How do the Mission and Role of Professionally Oriented HEIs impact internal QA proceedings? by Mindaugas Misiūnas, Version 2012, EURASHE_Sem_QA_120927-28_pres_MISIUNAS.pdf (1.6 MB) - European Union and other documents on higher education as well as researchers’ studies indicate that higher education should be attractive, competitive, open, qualitative, transparent, autonomous, reliable and dynamic. Higher education is responsive to different needs of society through the diversity of missions. Policy-makers, HEI leaders, researchers focused together on how higher education sector could navigate through the economic crisis. The quality of a higher education institution activity is a complex concept depending upon the variety of factors: students, study programs, staff, material resources, management.
The purpose of the internal quality assurance system is constant improvement of the higher education institution activity. In order to ensure the quality of decision-making, higher education institution should create an appropriate model of quality management. European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance should be the basis of internal quality assurance system of every higher education institution. It’s important that continual pursuing for quality improvement is inseparable from the principle of accountability. Consolidation of responsibility for an individual activity and its result is one of the key aspects of quality culture development. Higher education institution leadership should ensure the consistency of control, improvement and transparency.

EURASHE’s Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Profession-Oriented Higher Education

EURASHE's Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Profession-Oriented Higher Education by Lucien Bollaert, Version 2012, EURASHE_Sem_QA_120927-28_pres_BOLLAERT_2.pdf (0.6 MB) - This workshop will start with the fundamental strategic choices that need to be made before internal QA is set up taking into consideration the specific characteristics of profession-oriented higher education. The fundamental options of IQA itself will be dealt with in a provocative way as well as the corresponding pitfalls. The workshop will be an interactive input for the coming EURASHE’s manual on internal QA.

The MAP-ESG project: the E4 joint report & ENQA’s view on the implementation of the ESG

The MAP-ESG project: the E4 joint report & ENQA’s view on the implementation of the ESG by Fiona Crozier, Version 2012, EURASHE_Sem_QA_120927-28_pres_CROZIER.pdf (0.2 MB) - The presentation will give a brief history of the MAP-ESG project and will then look at the headlines from the consultations carried out by the four E4 member organisations. It will conclude with ENQA’s view on the usability and applicability of the ESG and some thoughts, from ENQA’s perspective, on the direction of the revision of the ESG.

From Theory to Practice – EURASHE Report on Implementation of ESG on (P)HEI

From Theory to Practice - EURASHE Report on Implementation of ESG on (P)HEI by Lucien Bollaert, Version 2012, EURASHE_Sem_QA_120927-28_pres_BOLLAERT_1.pdf (1.0 MB) - In this session EURASHE’s report on the implementation of the ESG will be presented. The most important results of the on-line survey as well as of the workshops and in-depth interviews will be commented in the light of the existing practices of setting up internal institutional and external national and European QA.