Achieving excellence in Learning and Teaching and producing quality graduates is one of the major themes in Prince Sultan University mission. To accomplish this, a solid framework for quality assurance and continuous improvement of Learning and Teaching has been established and maintained at PSU.
The main objectives of the LTQF are:
- Establish a quality culture in PSU.
- Integrate quality in all courses and educational activities.
- Ensure the participation of all stakeholders in the quality assurance and improvement process.
- Establish a reporting channel thorough which quality may be monitored and quality issues may be treated as they arise.
- Establish a set of Key Performance Indicators and benchmark these against other institutions and organizations.
The Main Components LTQ Framework
As mentioned above, the LTQF is an umbrella system that involves many policies, procedures and organizational structures. The main components of the system include:
- Learning and Teaching Quality Review Policy: a policy that describes the main guidelines and process used to review and monitor LTQ at the institutional level. The LTQ review policy relies heavily on quality activities at the program level, outlined in the Learning and Teaching Quality Review Policy.
- Academic Assessment Policy (AAP): a policy that outlines the main LTQ assessment processes at the program level. The AAP centers on Learning Outcomes and employs a number of surveys and methods to assess LTQ and suggest improvements. The review process is annual, and the results are raised every year to the TLC-SC, outlined in the Academic Assessment Policy
- Student Assessment Policy (Learning Outcome Centered): a policy that outlines the major principles, goals, guidelines and processes for Student Assessment, outlined here Student Assessment Policy
- Curriculum Development and review Process: A policy that describes in details the principles and procedures that should be followed to develop new curricula or review existing programs. The policy ensures that all PSU programs remain current, sound and relevant, outlined here Curriculum Development and review Process
- Student Educational Assistance (Formative Assessment and Feedback): A policy that ensures that PSU students get timely and constructive feedback on their performance in assessment tasks.
- Formulation and Evaluation of Learning Outcomes: The current trend in higher education is to base quality assurance on well defined Learning Outcomes. The Learning Outcomes Guideline outlines how these outcomes should be formulated, communicated and monitored.
- Recruitment Policy: attracting well qualified faculty members is one of the major factors in achieving excellence in Learning and Teaching. The recruitment policy describes PSU strategy regarding the attraction and retention of good faculty members, outlined in the Recruitment Policy
- Learning & Teaching Skills Development: The LTQF emphasizes “continuous improvement” which requires that faculty members remain current and up to date regarding their fields and the required LT skills. The quality assessment-improvement cycle will not be complete without continuous support for the professional development for faculty members in all skill areas relating to Learning and Teaching. This policy describes PSU strategy regarding the development of LT skills.