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Policy Title :
Oversight of Quality of Teaching and Learning Policy
Policy Number :
II – C.26
Responsible Party :
Academic Affairs
Effective Date :
21/09/2020
Revised Date :
_______________________

Purpose

To institute and formalize a process for oversight of quality of Teaching and Learning.

Statement :

The need for a process for oversight was driven by the fact that institutions must have effective systems for ensuring high standards of learning and teaching.  Institutional processes must be in place to monitor and report on the extent to which the requirements for learning and teaching are met. Appropriate action must be taken by the institution to deal with problems and support improvements through general institutional strategies or support for initiatives within particular organizational units where they are needed. 

The following describe the guidelines to monitor the quality of teaching and learning and the extent to which good practices are followed:

1. DEFINITIONS

I.  Good Practices: The National Center for Academic Accreditation and Evaluation (NCAAA) developed specific elements that the evaluation processes depend on for all the criteria under each standard.  These elements are good practices that let institutions know exactly what is required under each standard in order to achieve the highest degree of accuracy in the evaluation process. According to NCAAA standards, compliance is ranked as follow

A. Distinctive Compliance: All good practices of the Standard are available, and are applied at a distinct level on a regular basis. There is regular, effective, and excellent assessment available in addition to various comprehensive and cumulative evidence. There are regular procedures for improvement and distinct results are compared to other institutions, and there is creativity in the practices of the elements of the criterion.

B. Perfect Compliance: All good practices of the standard are available, all of which are applied at a perfect level and regularly. There is a regular and effective assessment; sufficient and varied evidence is available, and there are regular procedures for improvement and higher results compared to previous results.

C. Compliance: All good practices of the standard are all available, all of which are applied at a good level and regularly; there is a regular and effective assessment; sufficient evidence is available, and there are regular improvement procedures and good results.

D. Partial Compliance: All good practices of the standard are available (or) that the elements of the criterion are applied at a low level (or) are applied irregularly, (or) there is no assessment, or it is there but is irregular, (or) there is insufficient evidence, and there may be some limited improvement procedures.

2. New program proposal and proposal for major changes in programs:

Procedure :

Once a new program proposal and any proposal for major changes in programs is initiated, approval of the University Council must be established before implementing the proposal.

The Deans Council must review new program proposal and any proposal for major changes in programs and make recommendation to the University Council:

1.     The University Council will use its own processes to determine the external review process.

2.     The University Council will approve new program proposal and any proposal for major changes after receiving the external reviewer recommendations.

3.     Mechanism of Program Specification must be adhered to when specifying new programs or updating the present programs.

4.     Mechanism of Program Specification must adhere to the forms issued by NCAAA.

5.     A new program must have the program specification, course and field experience specifications, according to the NCAAA standards.

6.     Self-evaluation is performed using the star rating once every two years.  The Self-evaluation is supervised by the Deanship of Quality and Accreditation. Independent opinion of each program is prepared once every five years. An overall report on the quality of programs is prepared at the institutional level. The report shall identify the extent of compliance to the standards and the common strengths and weaknesses.

7.     A report for each academic program is periodically prepared after the graduation of each batch.

8.     The program report and all course reports are prepared and presented to department councils and college councils in order to approve these insignificant/minor changes in the programs and courses.

9.     The reports on performance indicators are prepared and presented to department councils and college councils for approval of these insignificant/minor changes in the programs and courses.

10.New academic plans must be in line with the needs of the community and the requirements of the labor market.

11.Academic plans shall include practical training as field training.

12.The study plan shall reflect the constant principles of Islamic belief and provisions and supports the governing policies of the Kingdom.

13.The program’s objectives shall be integrated with the objectives of the Ministry of Education and objectives of the University.

14.The program shall have a specific vision which reflects its objectives.

15.The program’s vision is characterized by clarity and applicability.

16.The program’s vision should reflect excellence and quality.

17.The vision stems from the college and university visions, challenges of the reality and available opportunities.

18.Objectives of the program are integrated with the objectives of other programs in the college.

19.Objectives of the program are balanced with other programs in the college.

20.Learning outcomes are formulated in line of the objectives.

21.Learning outcomes should include all theories related to the course.

22.Learning outcomes should involve knowledge and facts related to the course.

23.Learning outcomes should include concepts and terms related to the course.

24.The course content should emphasize the main scientific concepts of the course to serve other courses in the specialty.

  • Guidelines for evaluation and approval of new programs or major changes.

1.     The curriculum should correspond with the objectives of the study at the college and university; in line with the educational policy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

2.     The learning outcomes of the offered curriculum are in line with the domains of learning: knowledge, skills, and competencies.

3.     The course specification should include the objectives and contents of the course, the textbooks and supporting academic references.

4.     There must be a commitment of the academic plan to the minimum and maximum number of credit hours at the university.

5.     Numbering of the courses according to the unified system within the academic department and college.

6.     The number of credit hours should range from (1 to 3) credit hours for theoretical subjects, and not more than 4 credit hours for general subjects, and the colleges that override them should provide justification.

7.     The program should ensure no duplication within the college.

8.     The program should emphasize unity of the departments in order to avoid duplication.

3. Standards for Selecting and Using Teaching Methods.

1.     Teaching strategies and methods should be selected in line of the objectives and learning outcomes. Teaching methods that are appropriate for the course content should be used.

2.     There should be diversity in the use of teaching methods as appropriate to the learning patterns of students.

3.     Faculty should use diversified teaching methods to achieve interaction between students and the faculty and among students themselves.

4.     The nature and characteristics of the student should be taken into account when selecting teaching methods.

5.     Faculty should use teaching strategies that focus on learner-centered approach such as brainstorming, case studies, role playing, and others.

6.     Creative solution to problems strategy should be used. Reciprocal Teaching strategy should be used.

7.     Teaching strategies that are appropriate to the course objectives and learning outcomes should be applied.

8.     There should be diversity in the use of teaching strategies to take into account the individual differences among students.

9.     Various learning patterns (Audio, Visual, Audio Visual) of students should be taken into account in the teaching strategies.

10.The activities should reflect the learning outcomes.

11.There should be diversity in the teaching methods between individual and cooperative learning.

12.There should be diversity in the teaching methods according to the objectives of the lecture and expected learning outcomes.

13.There should be diversity in the teaching methods according to the nature of students and evaluation.

4. Standards for continuous evaluation.

1.     There should be diversification in the use of different evaluation methods (tests, projects, interviews, observation, others).

2.     Feedback should be given after each assessment.

3.     The scope of achieving objectives and learning outcomes should be measured.

4.     There should be diversification in the methods of collecting information to achieve the objectives and satisfy the needs of learners.

5.     Modern methods should be innovated to modify students’ skills and behaviors.

6.     Innovative methods should be used to correct scientific misconceptions or those arising from wrong perceptions of students.

7.     The appropriate evaluation method should be determined for each learning outcome.

8.     Knowledge evaluation and performance evaluation should be blended.

9.     One evaluation tool at least should be specified for each objective to determine its scope of achievement.

10.Students should be trained on self- evaluation skills.

11.Students should be given a number of self-evaluation forms to apply themselves.

12. Feedback should be given for all the objectives of the lecture. Faculty should be keen to get feedback from his students.