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Developing appropriate quality assurance : Policies and tools - Quality Assurance and Evaluation

Developing appropriate quality assurance : Policies and tools - Quality Assurance and Evaluation

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  • 1. Developing appropriate quality assurance: Policies and tools Quality Assurance and Evaluation
  • 2. Mission and Aims
    • Mission:
    • The University of Vienna’s Quality Assurance aims to ensure that permanent orientation towards quality and international standards becomes standard practice.
    • Aims:
    • To analyse the quality of research, teaching and administrative support which these require
    • To promote academic creativity and innovation
    • To develop ways to help make decisions regarding medium- and long-term planning
    • To provide public accountability
  • 3.
    • Organisation of Quality Assurance (QA):
    • Senate and Rectorate
    • Scientific Evaluation Board
    • Department of Quality Assurance
  • 4.
    • Organisation of Quality Assurance (QA):
    • Senate: Adoption of the Statute
    • Rectorate: Evaluation Plan
    • Scientific Evaluation Board (SEB):
    • “ Special institutions shall be institutions of the University, being subordinated to an independent, internationally tied expert direction.” (Organisation Plan):
            • Prof. Dr. John Brennan, The Open University
            • Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Daniel, Universität Zürich
            • Dr. Dorothee Dzwonnek, DFG
  • 5.
    • Department of Quality Assurance (QA):
    • The University of Vienna’s department of Quality Assurance (QA) is responsible for the organisation of quality management in the following areas:
    • • Research
    • • Teaching
    • • Management and service provision
  • 6. Comprehensive, peer-review-based evaluation
    • Performance in research, teaching and the supporting management and service provision of these are submitted to a common quality analysis at the institutional level (faculty or centre).
  • 7. Comprehensive, peer-review-based evaluation
    • Statute and Evaluation Plan:
    • Faculties 2008 (5 years cycle):
    • Faculty of Computer Science
    • Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Sciences
    • Faculty of Social Sciences
    • Faculty of Physics
    • Service Units 2008 (7 years cycle):
    • Research Services and International Relations
  • 8. Evaluation Interval 5 years ex-ante 5 years ex-post t+4 t+3 t+2 t+1 t t-1 t-2 t-3 t-4 t-5
  • 9. Two stage process: Informed Peers Data, Analysis, Indicators (quantitativ) Self Assessement Report of the Faculty / Centre stage 1 stage 2 Peers´ Site Visit Peers´ Report Faculty´s Statements Follow-up Questions (qualitativ)
  • 10. Peer evaluation Procedure
    • Data, Analysis and Questions
    • Self Evaluation Report
    • External Evaluation: Site Visit and Report write-up
    • Follow Up
  • 11. Data, Analysis and Questions
    • Data and Analysis (faculty specific):
    • Research data and scientometric analysis of the publication output
    • Further data (people etc.)
    • Data concerning teaching and results of the students´ assessment
    Self Evaluation Report
    • Questions
          • Structure and Strategy
          • Research
          • Study and teaching
          • Human Resource Management
          • Budget, Infrastructure and Administration
  • 12. Self Evaluation Report
    • Faculty
    • Institute
    • Study program(s)
    • Persons
    Mission, Goals, Strategies  Data  Activities  Analysis - SWOT Analysis - Measures Faculty can formulate own questions Language is English (exceptions possible)
  • 13. External Evaluation: The Peers
    • Selection of Peers
    • The faculty/centre has the right to suggest peers. The following criteria should be observed:
          • Excellent international professional reputation
          • Expertise in providing structured support to young scientists
          • Knowledge in field of curriculum development
          • Management experience in large academic facilities
          • Experience with evaluations
    • Appointment of peers is made by the head of the QA, who is not bound to the suggestions made by the head of the unit undergoing evaluation (Regulations § 5, para. 3).
    • Site visit
    • personal assessment of conditions on-site
    • personal discussions with the representatives of the faculty/centre
    • First draft of the report
  • 14. Follow-up
    • • Follow-up discussions with the Rector and responsible Vice Rectors
          • Catalogue of measures proposed by the department of quality assurance
          • Agreement between faculty and rectorate on the catalogue and on the implementation of outcomes of evaluation
    • • Start of a circle of quality
    • • Establishment of timelines
    • • Current evaluation process is completed
    • • Monitoring process begins
  • 15. assessment of courses by the students
    • The assessement of courses is supposed to
    • prompt the course instructors to reflect about the format and the content of their courses
    • aid in planning academic programs for the entire university
    • give an input into the self evaluation report of the faculty in the framework of the peer evaluation
  • 16. Assessement of courses
    • Cycle: Courses are to be evaluated at least every three semesters (about 2.500 courses/semester). Furthermore, it is possible to participate in course evaluations on a voluntary basis.

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