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Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

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Evaluation mechanism

Evaluation manpower and growth mechanism

Check and improvement of the evaluation mechanism

The application and supervision of the evaluation results

1. The audit will be completed when it is formally signed off. Where the audit report offers positive statements of confidence and no recommendations identifying matters of importance requiring urgent attention, the audit will be formally signed off on publication. At the mid-cycle follow up, institutions will be asked to discuss with QAA progress on developments in the management of academic standards and quality of provision since the audit. Only if QAA has cause for concern in the light of what it has seen and heard will any further activity be proposed.
2. Where an audit team makes a judgement of limited confidence or no confidence, the report will be published and there will be a programme of follow-up action. QAA will require an action plan from the institution and will request progress reports at regular intervals. The audit will not be finally signed off until the institution indicates that the action plan has been completed and implemented successfully, with a maximum time limit of 18 months. If, at that point, there remain concerns about the effectiveness of the remedial action, QAA will conduct a further visit; and if satisfactory progress has still not been made, in the case of institutions in England in receipt of HEFCE funding, HEFCE reserves the right to withdraw some or all of that funding. In the case of institutions not in receipt of public funding, QAA will use its discretion to decide whether the matter is of sufficient importance to warrant a further separate focused review. While QAA cannot act as a consultant to institutions in respect of action plans, it will be prepared to comment on an institution's proposals.

Improvement mechanism of the evaluation

The revision of the Code of practice for the assurance of academic quality and standards in higher education (the Code of practice) is due to be completed with new editions of Section 3: Students with disabilities and Section 8: Career education, information and guidance. Both sections have been revised following feedback from round table events and are due to be published for formal consultation at the end of March 2009.

Systematic analysis of the evaluation

QAA helps institutions enhance the management of their quality and standards by systematic analysis of audit and review reports to identify themes of good practice and difficulties commonly encountered, with findings published to stimulate discussion and improvement.

Announcement and application of the evaluation results

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National Academy for Educational Research http://www.naer.edu.tw/
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