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Title: Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission, AQAC

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Assurance Commission, AQAC)
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Accreditation Quality Assurance in Tertiary
  • Introduction
  • AQACs Responsibilities
  • Accreditation Process
  • Quality Unit/Office/Process
  • Responsibilities,
  • Effective,
  • Interpreting The Standards, and
  • Implementing Self-Evaluation
  • Academic Programs Evaluation
  • Activities and Future Plans.

  • Mid. 2002? A Semi Governmental, Autonomous
    Accreditation Quality Assurance Commission,
    AQAC, was established
  • To Ensure, Assure, and Enhance the Quality in
    Tertiary Education, TE
  • To License and Accredit new TEIs (11
    Universities, 30 University and Community
  • To Accredit Academic programs (380 of 45 types),

Introduction Cont.
  • Supported with staff, and a 12-member Board from
    most of the disciplines
  • 4 University Faculty members,
  • 2 from Ministry of Planning,
  • 2 from Technical and Vocational Education,
  • 2 from Related Institutions (MAS, Welfare),
  • 1 from Private Sector,
  • 1 Independent

AQACs Responsibilities
  • Develop Standards Of Quality In Consultation
    With Tertiary Education Institutions, TEIs
  • Develop And Update Policy Manuals Of
    Accreditation For National Body And Institutional
  • Develop Registry Of External Reviewers (Peer
  • Schedule External Reviews Of TEIs
  • Maintain Records Of Accreditation Activity
  • Maintain National Database Of Comparative
    Institutional Data

AQACs Responsibilities Cont.
  • Conduct Training Programs
  • National Commission
  • TEIs (Self-Evaluation)
  • External Reviewers
  • Coordinate Specialized Committees for Non
    Professional as well as Professional Education
    (Engineering, Medicine, Business, Etc.)
  • Cooperate With Regional and International
    Quality Assurance Bodies
  • Publicize Quality Assurance Decisions
  • Evaluate And Renew Accrediting Process

Main Steps In Accreditation Process
  • Standards Development ongoing
  • Self-Evaluation ongoing
  • External Review periodic
  • Accreditation Decision - periodic

Accreditation Process
  • Receiving Application Forms (Academic Programs)
    and Fees
  • Checking the Application Forms for completeness
  • Goal, Objectives and Importance
  • Compliance with the general national guidelines
    set by CHE
  • Feasibility Study, other similar programs, and
    Labor Market Needs (Economically Academically

Accreditation Process Cont.
  • TEIs Infrastructure Resources (Faculty Members,
    Labs, Halls, Libraries, other resources)?
  • Program Specifications (Objectives, Courses
    Contents, Descriptions, Distributions over study
    periods, etc.)
  • ?Sending all documents the evaluation form (main
    points we take into account for technical Review)
    to At Least 2 Reviewers
  • One Local Academics,
  • External (Regional and International) Academics
  • Industrial / Professional Bodies, etc.

Accreditation Process Cont.
  • Checking Reviewers Reports (Complete, Logic,
    Scientific, Professional, etc), ? Reports Form
  • Sending these reports to TEIs for comments
  • Check Readiness for Boards Decision
  • Conditional Approval (Evaluation is required
    after graduating the first batch)? TEI is
    notified by the Minister
  • More work is needed ? TEI is notified by AQAC
  • Rejected.

The Self-Evaluation
  • During the self-evaluation, TEI evaluates its
    educational academic programs services and
    determines how well it
  • Achieves its goals,
  • Fulfills its mission,
  • Meets the accreditation standards

Benefits Of Self-Evaluation
  • Are proportional to the commitment with which it
    is undertaken
  • Takes the institution beyond simple description
    to an evaluation of its strengths and weaknesses
  • Self-Study is integral and continuous planning

Responsibilities Of Quality Unit / Office /
  • Provide coordinating services internal to the
    TEIs for purposes of self-evaluation and quality
  • Provide a focal point for institutional planning,
    including new program development. (That is, QU
    should be very aware of the various institutional
    functions and how they fit together to make a
    quality institution of tertiary education)
  • Provide liaison services for the institution to
    the QIF, and AQAC

Responsibilities QU/O/P Cont.
  • Provide notification to the appropriate sectors
    of the institution (As central services are
    provided in the areas of management and
    teaching/learning improvement, fund raising, and
    other areas)
  • Review programs Monitoring (Monitoring is the
    regular, normally annual, internal process by
    which the TEI critically reviews the operation of
    the programme between reviews and ensures that
    appropriate standards are maintained)
  • Participate in training programs and system-wide
    meetings related to quality in Palestinian
    tertiary education.

How To Build An Effective Quality Unit / Office /
  • Support of institutions leadership for
    institutional self-evaluation
  • Identify existing centers of academic and
    administrative planning in the institution for
    future purposes of coordination
  • Form a Steering Committee or Quality Unit/Office
    Advisory Board of those who are key to
    university/college planning

Interpreting The Standards
The typical categories for Standards relate to
Institutional / Program accreditation
  • Mission and Purpose
  • Governance and Management
  • Academic Programs
  • Teaching Staff
  • Learning Resources
  • Students Student Services
  • Physical Resources
  • Financial Resources

Implementing Self-Evaluation
  • Takes around 6-12 months
  • All self-evaluations outcomes must be discussed
    within the TEI
  • Report should include
  • Constructive criticism,
  • Good practices, and
  • Recommendations for improvements
  • Major Outcome Should be graded as
  • Broad Confidence
  • Limited Confidence
  • No Confidence.

Academic Programs Evaluation
  • All academic programs have been divided into 5
    major domains
  • Health Allied programs (2003/2004)
  • Final Decisions will be taken shortly
  • Approval without conditions
  • Approval with conditions (Time limit)
  • Stop enrolling students in the program along with
    the necessary steps the TEI should take (Time

Academic Programs Evaluation Cont.
  • Administrative and Management Sciences
  • Waiting for evaluators reports
  • Social Sciences (2004/2005)
  • Extension to Oct. 2005
  • Engineering and IT (Sep. 2005/2006)
  • Applied Sciences (Sep. 2006/2007)
  • Educational Sciences (Sep. 2007/2008).

Activities and Future Plans
  • Implementing the Social Sciences programs
  • Accrediting new academic programs
  • Implementing (QAITE Project) Quality Assurance
    and Improvement in Tertiary Education
  • Implementing a JEP project to promote e-learning
  • Developing new general policies in association
    with concerned bodies including the CHE,
  • Participating in Local / Regional / Global
    various activities and events that relate to QA

Activities and Future Plans Cont.
  • Preparing JEP proposal that initiates / enhances
    TEIs-Industry Partnership
  • Participating in establishing a regional
    Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission
  • Participating in Quality provision for
    cross-border Higher Education
  • Strengthening the communicating links with TEIs
    (5 Universities, 9 Univ. Community Colleges )
  • Encouraging TEIs to upgrade their current
    programs (Multidisciplinary),

Activities and Future Plans Cont.
  • E-AQAC initiative (Computerizing the
    accreditation evaluation processes)
  • Implementing the QIF (4-year World Bank project)
  • All TEIs Evaluation (Institutional Evaluation),
    including Al-Quds Open University
  • Reviewing Program Specifications (All deans of 6
    faculties from all universities have met for the
    first time ever)
  • Forming committees to set/upgrade
  • Subject benchmarks,

Activities and Future Plans Cont.
  • Program Specifications,
  • Institutional Benchmarks.
  • The European LMD educational system Interface
    with ours
  • The quality of e-Learning (on line) degrees
    their graduates
  • Students Enrollments of non-scientific track
    into Scientific programs
  • 65 - 70 of Tawjehi are from Arts track ? 45,
  • 5 - 6 of Tawjehi professional track ? 15,
  • 25 - 30 of Tawjehi are from Science track ?
  • AQACs evaluation (Updating/Developing bylaws and

  • Thanks for listening