Framework and critera for the Quality Assurance System for Educational Activities (KSU)
The Ministry for Education and Research (Kunnskapsdepartementet, KD) has assigned the assessment of quality assurance systems in higher educational institutions to the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). The requirements are defined in regulations issued by the Ministry for Education and Research and in supplementary criteria established by NOKUT in agreement with the educational sector. In order to maintain its status as an institution of higher education, UMB must be accredited by NOKUT. A Quality Assurance System for its Educational Activities (KSU) is a prerequisite for such an accreditation.
The KSU framework
Photo: Randi Setrom Brunborg
The guidelines for the quality assurance systems for educational activities are provided by the KD. The regulations on quality assurance and quality improvement in higher education and Tertiary vocational education, law of university and higher education and law of Tertiary vocational education, was adopted by the Ministry of Education (KD) 01.02.2010. The regulations have a chapter on quality assurance, which says the following about the internal quality assurance work:
(1) Universities and colleges must have a system for its quality assurance work to ensure continuous improvement, provide satisfactory documentation of the work and reveals declining quality.
(2) The quality assurance system must secure and contribute to develop the quality of the entire study, including practical studies. The system must include all matters of importance to the academic quality, from informing potential applicants to the finish of the study, including the study’s relevance to working life.
(3) NOKUT determines, in consultation with the sector, the criteria the quality assurance system must be evaluated in relation to.
Updated: 04.03.10Printerfriendly version
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