The Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance division continues to devise innovative strategies of enhancing quality across the University. On the 11th November the department launched the Student Quality Assurance Handbook and the Student Quality Forum. The involvement of students as the main stakeholders in education is inevitable in ensuring the highest quality of education and training provision. Therefore, the Student Quality Assurance Handbook and the Student Quality forum serve as platforms for engaging students so as to improve academic quality.
Dr. Tidimane, Dean Student Welfare and Support Services urged the students to fully utilize the handbook so as to be informed about the different platforms that they should participate in, as an effort to help the University improve the quality of their education.. The Vice President Academic Affairs and Research, Prof Mosha similarly emphasized the need for students to engage with the handbook, adding that they should cascade it to other students particularly the first year students.
Mrs Kelebeile, Director- Curriculum Development & Quality Assurance presented an overview of the CDQA, Student Quality Assurance handbook and the Quality forum. The Director mentioned that the purpose of the two initiatives was to engage with students on issues of quality. The Director spoke highly of the importance of the students in the university as they are the key stakeholders that receive the services of the division. ’Our role as the division is to provide quality qualifications that create a living for our graduates’ said Mrs Kelebeile.
Manager-Quality Assurance, Ms Jappie presented the newly developed QA handbook. The manager urged the students to take time read the handbook and give feedback. She highlighted that the handbook informed students of the various platforms in place for them to participate in and advise on improvement mechanisms. The handbook had very important items like quality standards and accreditation that students should familiarize themselves with.
Through presentation of the Terms of Reference of the Student Quality Forum, the Manager indicated that the Student Quality Forum was a new initiative that the CDQA would conduct every other year for students to dialogue with the University on contemporary higher education and quality assurance issues.
Giving the closing remarks SRC President applauded and appreciated the initiative by the Division. The President encouraged all to participate and give valuable feedback to the division.