Saturday March 15, 2014
Quality in higher education is a dynamic entity which is the outcome of interaction among many factors including inter alia, leadership, quality of faculty and students, infrastructure facilities, research and learning environment, governance, strategic planning, assessment procedures, and market force.
University of AJ&K is moving ahead on the path of tremendous progress in higher learning sector using human and financial resources to increase the access to programs and using all cautions to assure quality of the increased base of higher learning programs.
The self evaluation system is being introduced in the university. The process is directed to enhance the quality of education compatible to the international standard.
The Quality Enhancement Cell was initially established at Muzaffarabad in 2005. Prof. Dr. Habib-ur-Rehman, SI, Vice Chancellor, was the first Dean. After the earthquake on Oct. 08, 2005, it was temporarily shifted to Camp Office Islamabad. On Sep. 09, 2006, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sarwar Ahmad took the charge as Director QEC and its office shifted in the premises of Ali Ahmed Shah University College of Engineering & Technology (AAS UCET), Mirpur A.K. AAS UCET has been upgraded to Mirpur University of Science & Technology (MUST) since July 01, 2009, so it was again shifted to Muzaffarabad City Campus. Currently Prof. Dr. Syed Abdul Majid has taken the charge as Director QEC since Sep. 16, 2009.
In recent years it has become an obligation that institutions of higher education demonstrate the effectiveness of their academic programs in providing high quality education that positively impacts students. Furthermore, most accrediting bodies and others concerned with quality assurance are requesting that institutions assess students’ learning outcomes as a means of improving academic programs. This has led The Higher Education Commission (HEC) to develop methods for assessing the quality of academic program.
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. The process culminates when assessment results are used to improve student learning. A successful assessment program includes the following:
1. Purpose identification
2. Outcomes identification
3. Measurements and evaluation design
4. Data collection
5. Analysis and evaluation
6. Decision-making regarding actions to be taken.
The purpose of this document is to outline the process of conducting self-assessment (SA) of academic programs. It is HEC that requires universities to conduct periodic self- assessment for its academic programs in order to improve them and ensure high academic standards. Self-assessment is an important tool for academic quality assurance and provides feedback for faculty and administration to initiate action plans for improvement.
Director Quality Enhancement Cell
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qayyum Khan
Ms. Mawish Batool
Mr. Lall Hussain