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The quality assurance committee responsibility

 

Quality assurance in education is a process that is meant to develop higher education institutions in order to reach a high level of proficiency as higher education providers. It is a self directed evaluation through which development occurs while conducting effective reflection. The Sultanate of Oman is no exception as such process has been conducted since long. Our institution (Rustaq College of applied science) is taking a part of this development. We are on the process of achieving a good institution that is capable to provide a quality of education that contributes in producing sufficient outcomes that are capable to serve the Omani context effectively.

 

In order to achieve quality and accreditation, there are nine sub-committees that are responsible to develop different sections and or departments in the institution each of its specialist. Each committee consists of a head and some members. Later once guidance will be delivered, each head in turn will state his/her committee's plan and scheme of work that is totally related to the main institution's strategic plan. Each head will nominate some members that will be involved in the process. The heads will play the leaders' role to each group and encourage the members to work collaboratively in order to accomplish the given tasks. Here is a brief description about each sub-committee (that is formed according to the nine components given in the audit manual) of the main committee, (each committee is responsible to complete its part in the self study (portfolio) and quality audit process based on the ADRI model analysis).

 

The Governance and Management Committee

The committee is mainly responsible to run the institution and may consider the skeleton that controls the whole organization. It consists of the highly authorized employees in the institution. There are several responsibilities this committee should follow to achieve quality audit. These responsibilities include mission, vision and values, governance, management, institutional affiliations for programs and quality assurance, strategic plan, operational plan, financial management, risk management, entity and activity review system, student governance process, health and safety and oversight of associated entities.

 

Student Learning by Coursework programs

This committee is responsible to describe precisely the main coursework of the institution including the offered programs. It mainly focuses on the institutional systems for managing the quality of student learning by coursework, and not on the specific programs themselves. This committee has several responsibilities such as graduate attributes and student learning objectives, curriculum, student entry standards, teaching quality, plagiarism, student placements, assessment methods, standards and moderation, academic security and invigilation, student retention and progression and graduate destinations and employability.

 

Student Learning by Research Program

This is applicable to the institutions that offer research programs including Honours year of a Bachelor's degree, Masters degree by research and PhD. This section may include the designed research programs, supervision strategies, student research support, thesis examination and retention, Graduate destinations and employability.

 

Staff research and consultancy

This committee is responsible to describe its planning and management to the research process that is contributed to the institution and the surrounded society. This may include various research areas which are extracted from needs analysis for research. This is more or less applicable to the institution that offers research degree, though it may cover some areas such as research planning and management, research performance and research funding schemes.

 

Industry and Community Engagement

This committee is responsible to describe and evaluate the relationship between the institution and the surrounded community. This may include several elements such as, industry and community engagement planning and management, relationships with professions, relationships with other education providers, relationships with alumni and relationships with the community in large.

 

Academic Support Services

This describes and evaluates the offered facilities to support the learning process. This may include, academic support services planning and management, registry (enrolment and student records), library, information and learning technology services, academic advising, student learning support and teaching resources.

 

Student and Student Support Services

This committee is responsible to describe and evaluate the services that are given mostly to international students and may consider some elements of national learners. This may include student and student support services planning and management, student profile, student satisfaction and climate, student behaviour, accommodation and medical and counseling facilities.

 

Staff and Staff Support Services 

This committee is responsible to advocate the institution with some policies and strategies in maintaining quality of human resources. This includes several elements such as human resources planning and management, staff profile, recruitment and selection, induction, professional development, performance planning and review, promotion and other incentives, severance, staff organizational climate and retention and Omanisation.

 

General Support Services and Facilities

This committee is responsible to study and promote the offered general support services and give suggestions for improvement that assure the quality of such services in order to achieve a high level of proficiency. This includes general support services and facilities planning and management, public relations and marketing, communication services and facilities management.