Trainers’ Network – National Conference Higher Education and Training Awards Council Higher Education and Training Awards Council The Higher Education and Training Awards Council was established on 11 June 2001, under the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1999. The Council is the national qualifications awarding body for higher education and training outside the university sector in Ireland, other than the Dublin Institute of Technology. Council Awards - Existing • Doctor of Philosophy • Master Degree • Graduate Diploma • Bachelor Degree • Diploma for Art and Design Teachers • National Diploma • National Certificate • One - Year Certificate National Framework of Qualifications Initial Major Award-Types Level Award-Type 10 Doctoral Degree 9 Masters Degree & Postgraduate Diploma 8 Honours Bachelor Degree & Higher Diploma 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree 6 Advanced Certificate & Higher Certificate 5 Level 5 Certificate 4/5 Leaving Certificate 4 Level 4 Certificate 3 Level 3 Certificate & Junior Certificate 2 Level 2 Certificate 1 Level 1 Certificate HETAC ’s main functions include: • Make and recognise awards • Setting standards for higher education and training awards. • Validation of higher education and training programmes. • Monitoring and evaluation of institutional quality assurance procedures. • Delegation of awarding powers to recognised institutions. • Ensuring that student assessment procedures are fair and consistent. • Ensuring that providers implement policies and processes for access, transfer and progression. • Ensuring that arrangements are in place in commercial education and training institutions to protect learners where programmes validated by HETAC cease to be provided. Schedule for Policy Development/ Implementation 2004 •Awards policy •Determination of Standards • Fair and consistent assessment •Validation (Taught and Research) •Quality Assurance Quality Assurance – Scope The scope of quality assurance covers a number of dimensions: • International • National • Institutional/Provider Quality Assurance – National/International Dimension • Bologna Process • Qualifications(Education and Training )Act 1999 Quality Assurance –International Dimension Bologna Process – 1999 Declaration of the European Ministers of Education • Creation of a European HE area by 2010 • Easily readable and comparable degrees; Diploma Supplement • System of two main cycles • Promotion of mobility • Co-operation in quality assurance Quality Assurance – National Dimension Qualifications (Education &Training )ACT 1999. ‘ a provider of a programme of education and training, whose programme has been validated by the Council….shall establish procedures for quality assurance …..and agree those procedures with the Council’ ‘the Council shall…review the effectiveness of the procedures, Quality Assurance – National Dimension • Purpose of further improving and maintaining the quality of education and training • Operated by the provider • Must be agreed with HETAC • Includes evaluation by learners • Includes evaluation of services Quality Assurance – National Dimension Qualifications (Education &Training )ACT 1999. •NQAI establishes procedures for the conduct of HETAC functions and reviews those procedures from time to time. Quality Assurance –Provider Dimension Council’ current providers: • Recognised institutions – with delegated authority – without delegated authority • Other providers – national institutions – other colleges and institutions Quality Assurance –Provider Dimension • Recognised institutions (13) Institutes of Technology • Other providers(25) Institute of Public Administration, Garda and Military Colleges, American College, IMI, Griffith and Portobello Colleges, HSI, Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy Quality Assurance –Provider Dimension QA agreement process: • Providers prepare submissions against the Council’s Guidelines and Criteria for QA • Submissions are evaluated by an independent expert panel which recommends agreement if appropriate • Council formally agrees the procedures • Council reviews of the effectiveness of procedures Quality Assurance – Provider Dimension Provider requirements: • Quality Policy/Manual • QA system should: _ clear indication of QA management system – reflects the provider’s mission – relate to all relevant asppects of providers functions – provide for adequate resources – involve evaluation of effectiveness Quality Assurance – Provider Dimension Essential QA procedures required: • Design, approval and review of programmes • Access, transfer and progression • Fair and consistent assessment • On-going monitoring • Evaluation at regular intervals • Selection, appointment, appraisal, development of staff • Evaluation of premises and facilities • Evaluation of effectiveness of QA procedures Quality Assurance – Summary HETAC Quality assurance policy reflects: International commitments and developments in higher educaton & training. National statutory obligations. Provider focus which balances best practice, flexibilty, repsonsibility and accountability.
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