Tuesday, 12 March 2019

New Committee to evaluate qualifications

TOP OF THE RANGE: Professor Rishidaw Balkaran, DVC: Teaching and Learning, Norman Ronald, Acting Director: Quality Assurance at the Durban University of Technology, Fundani’s Marianne Bester and Luclaire Airey, Director: Quality Management, are members of the newly-launched CPUT Qualifications Evaluation Committee. TOP OF THE RANGE: Professor Rishidaw Balkaran, DVC: Teaching and Learning, Norman Ronald, Acting Director: Quality Assurance at the Durban University of Technology, Fundani’s Marianne Bester and Luclaire Airey, Director: Quality Management, are members of the newly-launched CPUT Qualifications Evaluation Committee.

In a bid to ensure that the university’s academic offerings are of good quality and adequately prepare graduates for the workplace, CPUT recently launched the Qualifications Evaluation Committee (QEC).

The QEC is a Working Committee to quality assure new programmes that will be submitted to the Council on Higher Education for accreditation or applications sent to the Department of Higher Education and Training for the approval of Extended Curriculum Programmes. It will also ensure that the policy implementation is consistent with the university’s quality standards and requirements for the curriculum.

The Committee also plays a developmental role and makes recommendations to academic departments prior to them serving applications at faculty boards for recommendation to Senate. The decisions from the QEC are intended to assist departments, faculties and senate.

Another of the committee’s functions is to recommend approval of amendments to programmes.

In terms of benchmarking, CPUT is engaging with the Durban University of Technology (DUT) regarding the processes of evaluating academic programmes.

Norman Ronald, Acting Director of Quality Assurance at DUT and guest speaker at the launch, said the committee recommends new academic programmes in phases of programme development, approval and implementation.
Ronald highlighted success factors which he attributed to his university’s evaluations committee in areas including training and development, collegiality and professionalism, updates on trends and developments as well as contingency planning and adaptability.

Marianne Bester from the Fundani Centre at CPUT, presented an overview of the CPUT process and documentation and the staff members who attended the launch engaged her on the contents of her presentation.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.