EAST AFRICA UNIVERSITY
Quality Assurance Standards
Standard 1 University’s Vision, Mission, and Goals
1.1 East Africa University the Vision and Mission
Vision To be a leading center for educational excellence in teaching and research that enhances the national education and contributes to the national development.
Our mission is to offer quality education that satisfy the different needs of Somali society and participate in the establishment and dissemination of knowledge. We aim: To offer quality education that satisfies the different needs of Somali society.
To produce and support scientific research can that contributes to the enrichment of knowledge. To meet the requirements of national development and the continuing needs of the labor market for knowledgeable and capable human resources to compete in the local and the globalized economy.
To provide a learning environment that supports good education. To promote a quality of education and experience which enables students to apply the values, skills, and intellectual discipline that they have acquired in their future lives and careers.
Values: East Africa University seeks to enhance the experience of all our students, staff and the community by: We are committed to:
• Deliver quality learning, research and enterprise
• Empower individuals and teams to enhance their contribution to the University
• Foster creativity, enterprise and innovation
• Embrace diversity and actively opposing prejudice
• Communicate openly, honestly and respectfully at all times
• Pledge to sustainability and the protection of our environment
Take responsibility and demonstrating leadership.
As an institution with degree awarding powers, EAU assures that the standards of which awards are suitable and that students have appropriate opportunities to meet those standards.
Our quality assurance is also rooted in the accountability of the University to students and the community.
In order to assure itself to maintain the provision in terms of academic quality and the standards it inspires, the University will maintain its academic standards and the quality of education.
Standard 2: Organisational Structure
2.1 East Africa University Governance
East Africa University Governance is the systems, structures, procedures and rules by which the University takes decisions on its affairs and is deemed accountable for them. This includes aligning the University’s strategic aims and objectives, monitoring and measuring performance against these, ensuring accountability and effective scrutiny, and appointing and making sure the effectiveness of the heads of the institution and other senior officers.
The pattern is distinct from the day-to-day management of the University by pursuing approved aims and objectives, the implementation of policies, the preparation of future policy proposals, and how to efficiently and effectively deploy resources
Standard 3: Academic Programs, Learning, Teaching and Assessments
East Africa University Approach to Learning and Academic Work
It is known that HE learning comprises complex mixtures of knowledge, understanding, skills and broader capabilities that can be demonstrated and assessed. It also embodies values, attitudes and behaviors that are part of the student’s academic performance.
East Africa University encouraged an HE approach which is explicit about the nature of the learning that programs intended to promote. The university implements a learning outcomes approach in order to promote a positive learning environment.
In a HE learning environment, instructors are expected to be able to show how:
The educational outcomes for a program and learning in a course that are achieved;
The appropriate assessment methods that are used to test the achievement of the intended outcomes; The standards used to evaluate achievement are aligned to the intended learning outcomes.
From the students’ viewpoint, the outcomes approach provides what they are expected to be able to do and the measures that will be used to assess them:
• An outcome is a result of an achievement or process.
• A learning outcome is the result of a learning process.
• Intended learning outcomes are considered to be statements that forecast what the learners will gain as a result of learning.
The Outcomes Approach to Learning
The outcomes model is predicated on a system where teaching and learning are aligned in a way to connect the following three components.
• The explicit statement of learning intent: The intended learning outcome expressed in a form that permits their achievement to be demonstrated and measured.
• The process and resources: Resource used to enable the outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated (e.g. Curriculum, teaching, learning methods and materials, assessment and support and guidance methods);
• The criteria for assessing: The means which have been used to assess the achievement of intended outcomes.
Learning outcomes and the theory of constructive alignment
The constructive alignment approach to learning helps define, design, promote and assess students’ learning. The approach connects the abstract idea of a learning outcome to the things the instructor do to assistance students to learn, and what the student wil do to actually learn.
The outcomes approach requires to pose and answer the questions:
• What the instructor intend students to learn (what learning outcomes do the instructor want to achieve)?
• What teaching methods and curriculum design will the instructor
Creating a Culture of Engagement to Promote Learning
The University promotes a learning assessment to promote a ‘culture of engagement’. By promoting learning, EAU believes emphatically in the importance of learning.
There is clear evidence to show that the student to achieve academic success, he/she must be engaged fully and providing with the resources and instructional support materials to help achieve success.
EAU works at the forefront of engaging students in quality assurance and enhancement as we believe that by engaging the student, we can play a positive role in ensuring that students get the best possible educational experience.
Standards for teaching and learners are the characteristics of professional learning that lead to effective learning practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results. As standards focus on professional learning, they also help the principle of professional learning to develop the knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions which are meant to help students perform at higher levels.
The professional learning that happens when these standards are implemented that make educators as active partners in determining the content of their teaching, how their teaching happens, and how they evaluate its effectiveness.
Standards of Teaching and Learning
The standards provide educators the information they need to take leading roles as promoters and facilitators of active professional learning and the conditions required for success learning environment.
There are a number of advantages using institutionally derived or teacher derived materials for a course:
• Relevance: Materials can be shaped to be relevant to students’ and institutional needs.
• Develop expertise: Developing materials can help create knowledge for educators by giving them a better understanding of the characteristics of effective materials.
• Reputation: The materials may boost the reputation of the institution by showing its commitment in producing materials adapted for the student.
• Flexibility: In the case where learning materials produced within the institution that can be revised or adapted, giving greater flexibility for future improvement.
In terms of approach, EAU applied benchmarking methodology which compares its educational approach to the higher educational institutions in the following area: