From Quality Assurance to Quality Enhancement The CHE’s Quality Enhancement Project (QEP) Curriculum Officers’ Forum Chris Winberg 5 February 2014 The last round of Quality Audits The CPUT Audit 2010 Quality assurance philosophy; Measurement of achievements Evidence; Followed by institutional quality improvement plans. Problems with the last round of audits • Based on the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) – without taking into account the SA context; • Inspired by ‘new public management’ processes; • Not developmental or improvement or enhancement-based Showed the ‘cracks’ in the university system… …and some strenghts…. But didn’t have any effect on student success, throughputs, etc… Inspiration: Vincent Tinto ‘…access without support is not opportunity…’ Strongly underpinned by a ‘social justice’ philosophy… The new paradigm: quality enhancement The Scottish Quality Enhancement process; • Critical reflection; • Peer review; • Contextual awareness and sensitivity; • On-going, meaningful engagement with teaching and learning Characterised by: 1) A longer process (3 -4 years); 2) Inclusiveness (quality is everyone’s responsibility); 3) Accessing the student voice; 4) Theme-based. Focus areas (or ‘themes’) for Phase 1 Enhancing university teachers Enhancing student support & development Enhancing course and programme enrolment management Enhancing the learning environment What is the role of the curriculum officers? References Houston, D. & Paewai, S. 2013. Knowledge, power and meanings shaping quality assurance in higher education: a systemic critique. Quality in Higher Education, 19 (3). Newton, J. 2010. A Tale of Two ‘Qualitys’: reflections on the quality revolution in higher education. Quality in Higher Education, 16 (1). Sachs, J. & Parsell, M. 2014. Peer review of learning and teaching in higher education. Berlin: Springer. Tinto, V. 1982. Leaving college: rethinking the causes and cures of student attrition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Tinto, V. 2012. Completing college: rethinking institutional action. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.