Ta’seel Looks Forward to Providing Support for Your BQA-related Second Cycle Activities
Ta’seel’s team of consultants have grown up with Bahrain’s Education & Training Quality Authority (BQA). Several were involved with the Authority in 2008, when it was established, and shortly afterwards, and their focus over the last four years has been very much on helping institutions with BQA-related requirements.
Dr Ian Morris, Senior NQF Consultant at Ta’seel, comments: “During 2008, when BQA introduced the first cycle of institutional reviews, there was no National Qualifications Framework (NQF). As a result most universities received many recommendations in areas that relate to programme design, learning outcomes, methods of teaching, assessment and moderation, and various issues. Now, I believe a new wave of NQF listing and programme mapping initiatives will support universities to enhance their academic standards that relate, in particular, to the quality of teaching and learning.”
Importantly, Ta’seel has the expertise to help institutions through what BQA has termed ‘Cycle 2 of the Institutional Review Framework’. This new cycle has a judgemental focus. The framework consists of eight standards comprising, in total, 25 indicators. The standards (with the number of indicators in brackets) relate to:
Mission, Governance and Management (6)
Quality Assurance and Enhancement (3)
Learning Resources, ICT and Infrastructure (3)
Quality of Teaching and Learning (7)
Student Support Services (1)
Human Resource Management (2)
Community Engagement (1)
Each indicator will have a judgement – ‘addressed’ or ‘not addressed’ – which will lead to a standard judgement. Next, a standard will be given a judgement of ‘addressed’, ‘partially addressed’ or ‘not addressed’ depending on the number of indicators ‘addressed’ within a standard. Then, the aggregate of judgements of standards will lead to an overarching judgement – ‘meets quality assurance requirements’, ‘emerging quality assurance requirements’, or ‘does not meet quality assurance requirements’.
In relation to the services of Ta’seel being offered to higher education institutions, Pauline Lewis, newly appointed CEO of Ta’seel, comments: “Meeting the standards is critical for all institutions.”
She adds: “We can provide significant help in surveying your graduates and their employers. This, of course, provides critical evidence for BQA to prove that a university is effective. Also, we can conduct market research and feasibility studies. Essentially, we can review your Quality Management System to ensure it is aligned with the second cycle review indicators. Importantly, we can assist you in making sure the writing style of your documentation is appropriately objective and bias-free, edited for consistency of tone, and factually accurate. And, of course, we can discuss any other request for support.”
The achievements of Ta’seel from 2015 to 2017 are outlined in the article Ta’seel, You, and the NQF: Winning Relationships, found at [Ta’seel, You, and the NQF: Winning Relationships]. “Now, towards the end of our fourth year, we remain true to our vision and mission of supporting our existing and potential clients, in exemplary fashion, in making meaningful contributions to society and succeeding in an increasingly dynamic environment,” says Pauline Lewis. “Our enthusiasm in taking on worthwhile and challenging projects in Bahrain and the wider region has not waned.”