ŠOS in UL organizirata Mednarodno konferenco o visokem šolstvu z naslovom Quality Higher Education: Here, There, Anywhere? - Developing External Quality Assurance, ki bo potekala 30. novembra in 1. decembra v Rogaški Slatini.

Datum objave: 02.11.2007

Kategorija: Aktualno na Univerzi


Program konference:


FRIDAY

9:30      -    Registration
11:00    -    Official Opening: Welcome speech by organizers (SSU and FES), Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology and the president of the Council for Higher Education
11:30    -    Plenary Session 1: The role of evaluation and quality assurance in the contemporary higher education systems
  • Development of the concept of quality assurance and accreditation in higher education: Why is it necessary to have external quality assurance and accreditation? How does external QA and accreditation influence the development of higher education? What values does it bring to local and national higher education? What do we want to achieve with external QA?
13:00     -    Lunch
14:30    -    Plenary Session 2: Quality Assurance in European Higher Education Area
  • The role of quality assurance in the Bologna Process: Are the quality assurance systems in Europe supposed to converge? Presentation of European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) with focus on external quality assurance of higher education and its agencies: Why were ESG created? For whom? Is there a European model of QA? Why are the ESG so general? How are they supposed to be used? Does the Slovenian external QA system comply with the ESG?
16:00    -    Plenary Session 3: External quality assurance structure in a small country: the case of Estonia
  • The development of higher education trough the nineties, the role of the government and the establishment of an external quality assurance system; external quality assurance system in relation to the competition in higher education: advantages and disadvantages of the Estonian case.
Presentation and discussion
17:00    -    Coffee break    
17:15    -    Workshop Session 1
  • WS1 - System perspective What is and should be the role of an external QA system in Slovenia and Croatia? What are the advantages and the drawbacks of the current quality assurance and accreditation systems? Do Slovenia and Croatia need a quality assurance agency? How to achieve independence and adequate professional level of a quality assurance system in a small country? How to get the most out of external quality assurance? What are possible alternatives?
  • WS2 - The role of stakeholders What is the role of stakeholders in the process of QA? Which stakeholders should be involved? How to effectively involve stakeholders in the QA process? Is there a tendency to present higher educational institutions (HEIs) in the best possible way or readiness for an open dialog in order to take full advantage of recommendations that follow external evaluation? Input: Norwegian case
  • WS3 - External QA and the higher educational institutions What should be evaluated and how (HEIs, all programmes)? What is the role of internal QA in higher education institutions for the external QA process? What about institutional autonomy, academic freedom and transparency, quality culture? Input: Dutch case

19:00    -    Dinner

SATURDAY
9:00      -    Plenary Session 4: Presentations of different external QA systems (Norway, Estonia, Slovakia)
  • How is the external QA system organized (e.g. main aim, composition of agency, main characteristics of criteria for evaluation/decision, program/institutional evaluations, what is evaluated, accreditation, selection of experts, trainings for experts, international experts, participation of stakeholders, review procedures and frequency, reporting, follow up procedures, research activities within agency, support process for HEIs before undergoing evaluation and cooperation with other agencies)?
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the system, difficulties and experience from developing the QA systems. What functions very well? What could still be improved? What important lessons have they learned while developing their own external QA? What were their main difficulties when establishing it?         
Experience from Norway, Estonia, Slovakia

10:30    -    Coffee break
10:45    -    Workshop Session 2: workshop continuation
  • WS1- System perspective What is and should be the role of an external QA system in Slovenia and Croatia? What are the advantages and the drawbacks of the current quality assurance and accreditation system? Do Slovenia and Croatia need a quality assurance agency? How to achieve independence and adequate professional level of a quality assurance system in a small country? How to get the most out of external quality assurance? What are possible alternatives?
  • Input: Feedback from pilot evaluations on existing guidelines for external evaluation in Slovenia. Possible improvements?
  • WS2 - The role of stakeholders What is the role of stakeholders in the process of QA? Which stakeholders should be involved? How to effectively involve stakeholders in the QA process? Is there a tendency to present higher educational institutions (HEIs) in the best possible way or readiness for an open dialog in order to take full advantage of recommendations that follow external evaluation? Input: Croatian external QA System
  • WS3 - External QA and the higher educational institutions What should be evaluated and how (HEIs, all programmes)? What is the role of internal QA in a higher education institution for the external QA process? What about institutional autonomy, academic freedom and transparency, quality culture?
  • Input: UL, report on EUA evaluation

13:00    -    Lunch

14:30    -    Plenary Session 5: Alternatives to an external QA System
Can ranking substitute national quality assurance system? What brings EUA evaluation? Is international accreditation alone enough?

15:30    -    Plenary Session 6: Scottish Case of Quality Enhancement (videoconference)
16:30    -    Coffee break
16:45    -    Plenary Session 7: Workshop presentations and discussion about quality assurance systems in Croatia and Slovenia – challenges in the future

The end of the conference is foreseen at 18:00.


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