Performance Score Card for Internal Quality Assurance Units of State Universities
A vibrant mechanism of governance of quality assurance and accreditation of the academic and administrative function is essential to maintain and to enhance the standards of the Higher Education System. The Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council (QAAC) of the UGC established in September 2005 is the body responsible for maintaining of academic standards in State Universities.
Its’ Vision is to achieve excellence in higher education with the support of a robust Quality Assurance (QA) system, while its’ Mission is to ensure quality by continuous development and efficient performance of Sri Lankan higher education institutions, and thereby to gain the confidence of the community of University stakeholders in accordance with internationally recognized evaluation mechanisms.
It also sets out precisely, the key quality assurance activities expected to be undertaken by Departments, Degree programs and Faculties of State higher educational institutes. In this endeavor, supervision and monitoring to ensure continuity of internationally good standards of the academic programs are essential components to ensure the sustainability of Programs and Institutes.
Considerable progress has been achieved towards establishing a QA system in Public Universities and Institutes, with support from the Committee for QA under the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Directors (CVCD), Standing Committee for QA under the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Quality Assurance and Accreditation (QAA) Council of the UGC/Ministry of Higher Education and Highways.
What is an IQAU (Internal Quality Assurance Unit)? This is a Unit which was expected to be set up in each State University on the recommendation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and CVCD during 2004-2006, to facilitate the University’s quality assurance activities and coordinate them with the QAAC at the UGC.
Significance of having an IQAU: In addition to having external quality assurance procedures which takes place only at intervals, assuring quality at a HEI should be a continuous, on- going process where all academic, administrative and support staff working in an institution must take responsibility for building it in to their day-to-day routine activities. Since this can be brought about only through well-functioning internal quality assurance procedures and processes it is considered the cornerstone of QA in higher education. Therefore, it is extremely important that an efficient and effective IQAU is in place in each University.