Mandate: The Directorate derives its mandate from the University’s vision to offer customer-based quality services and academic excellence, stated in its Learning-teaching Core Business Process (BPR) study report. Hence, the mandate of the Directorate is quality assurance and quality enhancement with a view to realize Debre Berhan University’s vision through a customer-based quality services and academic excellence.
Vision: By developing Quality Assurance cultures, and Standards and Assessment Services in all programs of Debre Berhan University (DBU), the Directorate aspires DBU to excel in quality educational, and research and community services.
Mission: To establish, maintain and improve educational quality standards.
Background: In accordance with higher education institution jurisdiction stated on proclamation No 650/2009 article 22, and the BPR document of DBU, the University established Academic Quality and Relevance Directorate in 2010 aiming at providing quality education and produce competent graduates. The directorate is headed by a Director and accountable to the office of the President. Though there have existed efforts to maintain quality in DBU since 2006, to further these efforts the Academic Quality Assurance and Relevance Directorate of DBU was initiated through the recommendations of the BPR document by 2010.
The Academic Quality Assurance and Relevance Directorate is close to 4 years of experience, and as young Directorate, it has made a remarkable progress in carrying out its mandates. To mention some major achievements of the Directorate, it has conducted an Institutional Quality Self Audit (in 2012) and facilitated an external Institutional Quality Audit by HERQA (in 2013). The Directorate also has formulated Quality Assurance policy based on the harmonized Quality Assurance policy developed by 12 heads of Quality Assurance of 12 Universities on a workshop hosted in Jimma University.
Now the Directorate is actively engaged in the following main activities: 1) Practicing a Self Audit exercise at a Program level and preparing a Self Evaluation Document of four programs (i.e. Medicine, Health officer, Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering programs) to be submitted for HERQA in order to initiate external quality audit, 2) Developing quality assurance standards and guidelines, and 3) conducting a tracer study and others.
- ensure the educational quality of all programs of DBU in accordance with all-round standards on the following dimensions of quality:
- the input qualities (presage variables of quality) such as staff -student ratio, the quality of teaching staff, curriculum, the quality of students, learning resources, etc
- the process qualities (environment) how the input variables are organized and interact, such as the quality of teaching, independent study hours and total hours, formative assessment and feedback, quality enhancement process, the level of intellectual challenge and student engagement, the effects of research environment, class size, how the presage variables impact on the quantity and quality of students’ study effort and overall level of engagement, etc
- product educational quality such as student performance and degree of quality, student retention and persistence, employability and graduate destinations
- To establish the culture of quality assurance among all programs of DBU.
- To enhance quality assurance in DBU through the practice of internal and external quality audit both at program and institutional level
- To assure educational quality services through the use of quality assurance policy, manuals and standards of assessment of academics, research and community service.
Core values of the directorates are stated in the Quality Assurance Policy. The Quality Assurance Policy is an enhancement of the quality and standards of the student learning experience and the maintenance of academic standards in the context of an increasingly diverse student population. The following values which all members are expected to exercise in their daily performance of duties are delineated:
Community:The staff is committed to the establishment and maintenance of good and productive relationships among faculty members and between them and university management, students, and the community around the university.
Diversity: The staff accommodates and appreciates the contribution of all people including persons with different physical abilities, gender, race, religion, ethnic background, socio economic status and political ideology.
Love: The staff is committed to the cultivation of the spirit of love to all people within and outside the university.
Communication: We believe that most of the social and academic problems in various academic institutions are caused by poor communication. So we are committed to the creation of the environment which will facilitate communication between/among staff members and between them and university management.
Discipline: We value of personal and inter-personal discipline includes smartness, punctuality, unsupervised working, respect of authority and decent language and actions.
Justice: The staff highly values justice to all members irrespective of one’s physical, social, economic and ideological status. It is committed to the respect of human right, fair and timely treatment of all university members.
Integrity: The staff is committed to the cultivation of personal character by which one behaves with integrity both in words and actions. We expect all members to act with honesty, high academic and ethical standards, accountability and transparency.
Creativity: The staff is committed to the cultivation of spirit of creativity in the faculty members so that they are innovative in their daily performance of duties at university.
Commitment:The staff values the spirit of working with a high degree of commitment. Accordingly, it is determined to educate its members on the importance of commitment in the service to university.
Excellence: We highly value excellence in all academic and non- academic activities. We are committed to setting and maintenance of high standards of performance in academic and non-academic activities in the staff.
Productivity: The staff judges the degree of performance of its members not only by the number of hours one spends in doing a certain activity but also by the degree of productivity or achievement at the end of that activity.
Stewardship: The values committed to proper use, maintenance and development of the resources availed to the staff by the university.