Feb. 18, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A report released today by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) highlights the commitment of post-secondary education institutions in this region to quality. The report also aims to help these universities improve their quality assurance practices and procedures.
Quality Assurance Policies and Procedures in Maritime Universities is the first report of its kind in the Maritime provinces.
"It is exciting to see the progress of so many universities in the area of quality assurance," said Mireille Duguay, chief executive officer, MPHEC. "To build upon existing strengths, the next step for many of the region's universities will be to build into their policies more of a focus on student learning outcomes."
The MPHEC recently completed the first cycle of its quality assurance monitoring process, which reviewed each university's quality assurance policies and procedures to ensure they are adequate quality control mechanisms.
The report provides an overview of the challenges faced by Maritime universities in finding ways to improve and measure quality; it also makes recommendations. Highlights include:
The report presents elements essential to the design of successful quality assurance policies and stresses the principle of placing the quality of teaching and learning at the centre of the process.
The MPHEC was established in 1974. Its 20 members are drawn from the Maritime provinces, and it represents higher-education institutions, provincial governments and the public. Its mission is to help institutions and governments improve the post-secondary learning environment.
Universities involved in the MPHEC's monitoring process included:
MEDIA CONTACT: Meranda Beaubien, Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, 506-453-2844, firstname.lastname@example.org.