Ensuring and maintaining quality of education is becoming a global agenda. As a response to this issue, Debre Tabor University (DTU) has been exerting tremendous efforts to improve quality of instruction, research and community engagements to beneficiaries and produce competent, skilled, ethical and problem-solving graduates who will play instrumental roles in the development of the nation. In achieving these objectives, the University has introduced Hybrid Innovate Medical and Midwifery curriculum in the college of health science, established Guna- Tana Field Research and Development Center with the aim of integrating teaching-learning, research and community engagement with the real practice. Furthermore, the university has been engaging in integrating more academic programs.
DTU has made remarkable contribution to the country by introducing Hybrid Innovate Medical and Midwifery curriculum, which is taken as a model to medical education and to be implemented to other health colleges across the country. As part of attempts to improve the quality of education, the university has also introduced innovative curriculum in the remaining academic programs that are given in the university. The quality assurance office was born in 2012 G.C with the aim of supporting the implementation of innovative curriculum. The main activities of the office were, delivering pedagogical training to the academic staffs of the university, monitoring and evaluating teaching learning process, supporting academic staff in aligning the six components of the curriculum such as domain, hierarchy, contents, objectives, assessment and methods of teaching.
The quality assurance office acquired current nomenclature such as “Institutional Quality Enhancement and Assurance Directorate” in 2013 as the result of Business Process Reengineering document of the university and in accordance with higher education institution jurisdiction stated on proclamation No 650/2009 article 22.
The office was restructured with the central aim of improving and maintaining the quality of the institution with globally acceptable standard curriculum, generating more human resource with intellectual inputs, converting intellectual activity into intellectual capital and hence intellectual property. It is believed that promotion of quality would be through greater focus on performance, curricular reforms, better human resource management, schemes to promote high quality research, and technology-assisted monitoring mechanism. The directorate is expected to go through rigorous quality enhancement and assurance by setting academic, research and administrative standards, formulating policies and assessment tools to encourage academic, research and administrative activities to meet the standards. The directorate also works to enhance the quality in the university through cooperation with the Higher Education Relevance and Quality agency (HERQA).
The Institutional Quality Enhancement and Assurance Directorate is close to 5 years of experience, and as young Directorate, it has made a remarkable progress in carrying out its mandates. To mention some major achievements of the Directorate, it has conducted an Institutional Quality Self Assessment (in 2015) and is working to submit the document to HERQA. The Directorate also has formulated Assessment policy and higher diploma guideline of the university.
While the ultimate purpose of the directorate is to assist in enhancing and assuring the quality of the core processes of the university, i.e., teaching-learning, research and community services, it will also make utmost efforts to ensure and maintain the quality of these processes through continuous auditing of the input-process and outputs of these important functions. The objectives of the Directorate are, therefore; to strategically assist the University to: enhance the quality of the teaching-learning with a view to produce high quality human capital, a goal which stands in line with the felt needs of the country; establish a productive and effective research culture at the University, i.e. a culture of initiating, designing and conducting researches that better inform the teaching-learning, the industry as well as public policies and practices; and enhance the quality and spectrum of community services provided by the University.
Mandate: The Directorate derives its mandate from the University’s vision to offer customer-based quality services and academic excellence, stated in its Business Process Reengineering (BPR) study report. Hence, the mandate of the Directorate is quality enhancement and quality assurance with a view to realize Debre Tabor University’s vision through a customer-based quality services and academic excellence.
The Aim of Institutional Quality Enhancement and Assurance Directorate: The aim of Institutional Quality Enhancement and Assurance Directorate is to enhance the effectiveness and quality of the University’s core activities such as instruction, research and community engagement. The Directorate safeguards and helps improve the instruction, research and community engagement standards and quality of services in the university.
The Major Activities Carried out so far by the Directorate
With the aim of improving the quality of institution and subsequently improving the quality of education, the directorate has accomplished the following activities:
- Organized training at different time for the university academic staff regarding the methods of teaching, innovative curriculum, assessment methods and module and syllabus preparation;
- Organized training for students regarding the importance of cooperative learning;
- It has also produced the self assessment document regarding the institutional quality processes;
- Developed and endorsed assessment and higher diploma administration guidelines
- Organized training for faculty quality assurance and curriculum committee;
- Made classroom observations and provided feedback for academic staff regarding their teaching, assessment and feedback methods;
- Monitored and evaluated the teaching learning process and provided feedbacks
- Organized different forum for academic staffs and students
- Coordinating and has been running higher diploma program
- Conducted evaluative research on the implementation and effectiveness of innovative curriculum
- Organized induction training for new instructors on the basic pedagogical issues and
- The office is supporting faculties in process of implementation of innovative curriculum
Structure of Institutional Quality Enhancement and Assurance Directorate
Profile of the Employees:
The Institutional Quality Enhancement and Assurance Directorate is currently composed of one director, one coordinator, and one secretary. The director and coordinator of the directorate has a master’s degree in Measurement and Evaluation and Curriculum Studies respectively and the secretary of the directorate has a Technical and Vocational Level 3 diploma in secretarial science and office management. The sex mix of the employees of Institutional Quality Enhancement and Assurance Directorate is composed of two males and one female (secretary) employee.
Abraham Kebede, Director
Melese Negash, Institutional Quality Enhancement Coordinator