The PAL / CEQA Programme has clearly been successful in creating an infra-structure to support the development of quality assurance in Afghanistan; it has developed processes and materials that are specific to the current context in Afghanistan that are now being widely adopted in the HE Sector; it has created a platform for the sharing of best practice; and they have supported Quality Assurance and Accreditation Department at MoHE to develop bye-laws and instructions to enable improvement in the leadership and management of quality assurance.
In November 2015, MoHE, with British Council support, agreed to extend the reach of the CEQA programme to directly involve Vice
Chancellors Academic Affairs (VCAAs) from the 12 CEQA Universities identified by MoHE.
This group of 25 participants attended the four-day workshop from 17-20th April 2016 in Delhi.
1) The awarding process was reviewed, based on the experience of the 5 universities. As a result, the process was updated and simplified. It was also decided to increase the role of the external assessor so that they provide more support to peer reviewers at key stages in the process and are more actively involved in the forming of judgements and recommendations. A timetable for the remaining 6 public universities was agreed
2) A review of the MoHE Accreditation Process was undertaken, with all participants being asked to reflect on their experience to date in
- the 12 criteria framework
- the assessment process – self- assessment; peer review; Board decision.
Four key issues with the current framework and process were identified. Whilst it was accepted that wholesale change of the current Accreditation Process is not possible, it was recognized that there should be continuous improvement. As a result, it was agreed that a task force be established to explore ways of improving the current Framework. Hank Williams, PAL Programme Manager, will propose a structure for this improvement process.
3) Significant progress has been made on the development of a process for Programme Review, particularly at Kandahar University, but also at other CEQA Universities. This follows work done at the previous PAL3 workshop in November 2015.
Agreement was reached to further develop and embed the Programme Review process within all public universities in Afghanistan and that policy guidelines should be provided by MoHE to support this initiative.
PAL4 second training will take place from 13-15th Dec 2016 in Delhi.
This training will provide an opportunity to bring together the key members of the quality assurance and enhancement community in Afghanistan to do the following:
- review progress of the CEQA Award timetable and the future for CEQA
- Successful universities will receive CEQA award
- receive updates from HEDP(Higher Education Development Programme) re progress across their programme
- receive updates from QAAD(Quality Assurance and Accreditation Directorate) re latest developments
- comment on the latest draft of the Accreditation framework before it is submitted to QAAD for approval.
- review the proposed Accreditation process, receiving feedback from institutions and peer reviewers who have been using it during the pilot phase
- receive updates from IQEU Leads about the development of their role and their strategic plans
- revisit and review the policy guidelines for Programme Review
- learn from the performance review process for Deans initiated at Kandahar University.