ERIC Number: ED394050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Towards Self-Assessing Colleges. FE Matters.
FEDA Paper, v1 n4 1996
This publication on self-assessment in British further education colleges is intended to help in streamlining existing systems and in creating new quality assurance systems. The first section makes suggestions for quality policies and definitions: define quality at the college level, devise a quality policy, break down college activities into key areas, and agree on quality criteria for each area. The second section makes recommendations for development of a coherent quality assurance system: devise quality standards; decide how to measure each standard; set up systems to collect information to measure performance against standards; integrate this system with planning cycles; and establish reporting mechanisms. The third section makes suggestions for systematic self-assessment for each key area: receive regular reports from the quality assurance system; analyze performance against standards; identify strengths and areas for further development; judge the quality of provision and recommend priority areas for action; and recommend improvement targets. It also makes suggestions for the college level: develop an overall assessment of the college's performance, strengths, and priority areas for improvement and write an annual college self-assessment report. The fourth section makes recommendations for postassessment action plan: identify the improvement team and clarify its task, authority, and targets; undertake detailed analysis of current practice; consider ways of bringing about change; decide on action; implement and monitor changes; and evaluate success of changes. Two appendices describe the legislative context and the inspection/assessment frameworks in England and Wales. Contains 20 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, College Outcomes Assessment, College Planning, Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Institutional Evaluation, Organizational Effectiveness, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Citadel Place, Tinworth Street, London SE11 5EH, England, United Kingdom (6.50 pounds).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain