To be a center of excellence in the enhancement of quality assurance practices in higher education.
The mission of the Quality Assurance department is to initiate, enhance and support Educational Effective processes in the university in order to ensure quality programs and thus quality graduates.
This mission is achieved through the following objectives:
3. Development and revision of procedures to guide Educational effectiveness processes.
4. Development and revision of materials and instruments to support faculty, staff and students’ engagement in Educational Effectiveness.
5. Initiation, support and coordination of faculty and staff training for Educational Effectiveness.
6. Coordination and support of accreditation activities.
7. Conducting surveys on Educational Effectiveness related matters.
8. Nurturing teaching excellence
a) Program Assessment
It is university policy that every degree program in the university undertakes annual assessment of student learning beyond the grade. This process will be conducted following the procedures for program assessment outlined in the QA handbook/guidelines.
b) Program Review
Each degree program at USIU shall undertake comprehensive program review once every five years. The program review shall be conducted following the procedures outlined in the QA handbook/guidelines.
c) Faculty Development
The university expects every faculty member to undertake regular trainings to improve his/her knowledge in content area in their discipline, teaching methodology and use of technology in teaching. For all the courses taught faculty shall upload notes on to blackboard following the template developed by the Educational Effectiveness Committee.
d) Student Evaluation of course instructions
Students shall conduct two evaluations of course instructions: a formative and a summative evaluation. Faculty shall use the results of the formative evaluation to improve the course instruction within the semester.
e) Missed Classes
Faculty shall attend all scheduled classes and administer own examination. For any missed class a make-up time shall be planned and the evidence of teaching the class given to the dean.
f) Moderation of Exams
It is university policy that all examination papers be moderated internally by before they are administered. This shall be done following the laid down procedure as stipulated in the QA handbook.
g) Faculty Appraisal
Faculty members shall be appraised annually on the basis of their development plans drawn and agreed upon between individual faculty members and their deans. This appraisal shall follow the procedures outlined in the academic QA handbook.
h) Curriculum Development/Review
New curriculum shall be developed following the guidelines of the accrediting Commissions and following the new curriculum procedures provided by QA office. New curriculum shall only be implemented after it has obtained the relevant approvals.
To achieve efficiency, quality and uniformity of academic performance the following SOPs are used at USIU-Africa to guide those concerned to carry out respective activities.
1. Development of new degree programs
2. Approval of new degree proposals
3. Implementation of a new degree program
4. Conducting annual assessment
6. Submission of program assessment reports
7. Conducting program review
9. Implementation of curriculum changes
10. Conducting exam moderation
11. Orientation of new faculty
12. Formative student evaluation of classroom instruction
The Quality Assurance office together with the Educational Effectiveness (EE) Committee plan faculty training and development workshops to respond to the needs identified through course evaluation and evaluation of assessment and review reports, or identified by the faculty in their faculty development plans. These workshops are scheduled either as need arises or at the end of each academic year during the Annual Symposium.
In addition, the Quality Assurance office runs three mandatory ‘New Faculty’ orientation workshops for all new faculty, both full time and adjunct. These workshops are aimed at ensuring that new faculty get acquainted with the USIU-Africa EE processes namely: formulation and alignment of learning outcomes, assessment beyond the grade, and effective classroom approaches.
The QA office provides technical and advisory support to the Student Affairs staff involved in co-curricular program assessment. The Student Affairs division has developed Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) that provide the basis for measuring the effectiveness of the co-curricular activities.
Dr. Oliver Amwayi
Useful EE Instruments
1. QA handbook
2. New Program Proposal Form
3. Curriculum Action Form
Course Files Requirements
5. Examination Moderation Instrument
7. Guidelines on the Structure of Assessment and Review Reports