Quality Assurance

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ASU Quality Assurance Framework
Academic excellence and quality are at the heart of A’Sharqiyah’s values.  They are enshrined in the University’s bylaws and policies.  ASU’s quality assurance framework aims to provide the vehicle for the University to realize its strategic vision by ensuring:
  • a quality experience for ASU students;
  • that academic standards are maintained, and
  • excellence is achieved in learning, teaching and all associated activity.
Key elements in ASU’s Quality Assurance Framework
A’Sharqiyah’s quality assurance framework is supported by 3 key elements:
  • ASU policies, procedures and regulations
  • Monitoring, evaluation and review
  • Continuous improvement and enhancement

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The Framework embodies our internal quality processes which focus on:
Policies, procedures and regulations development, implementation and communication of clear and robust policies, procedures and regulations;

meeting regulatory requirements of the Ministry of Higher Education, the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority and other relevant external bodies

Monitoring, evaluation & review performance monitoring and reflection;

 

creating and promoting a culture of reflection and self-review.

Continuous improvement and
enhancement
continuously improving and enhancing the quality of all we do;

acting on feedback from students, staff and other internal and external stakeholders, and sharing ideas and good practice across the University.

Institutional Self Review
As part of our quality assurance processes, A’Sharqiyah University conducts in-depth University-wide self-study every 4 years.

 

This detailed study is overseen by the purposely formed Quality Audit Steering Committee (QASC).  The QASC, chaired by the Vice Chancellor with a constituent membership of senior managers, is charged with managing, delegating and coordinating self-study activities.  QASC has defined 8 areas which overarch all University activities.  A sub-committee for each of the 8 areas reviews and reports on performance measured against our strategic goals and objectives.

Quality Audit Steering Committee its sub-committees:

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QASC has established a road map with key milestones and report back points.  The Committee collates and compiles the reported findings of its sub-committees into a self-study Portfolio.  The Portfolio serves two principal purposes.

It is a valuable tool for the University to measure performance and learn about itself.  The Portfolio will be used to build on areas of strength and to identify opportunities for improvement through incorporation into the University’s Strategic Plan.

The Portfolio is also the University’s key submission document in the Institutional Accreditation process.  It is submitted to the OAAA as part of the Stage 1 Institutional Accreditation process, Quality Audit.