Quality in Higher Education: The Art and Design of Assessment Strategy

Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad

Year:    2003
Category:   Education Quality
Source:   EQ 2003 – Pakistan 1st National Conference on Quality Assurance in Education, Lahore
Publisher:   PIQC Institute of Quality

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Author’ Introduction:   

Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad has done Doctor of Philosophy, 1999, University of Wales, UK, dissertation on Human Nature and Leadership, Master of Business Administration (MBA), 1986. Washington State University, USA, specialization in Management and B.Sc in Civil Engineering, 1982 from NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi. He is President Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan, Chairman Association For Academic Quality, Lahore, Managing Editor Economic Insight, Lahore and Member Executive Council, Management Education and Development Division; Academy of Management, USA Board of Research, Islamic Research Institute, Islamabad and Board of Governors, Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad.

Abstract   

Higher Education without quality is a great loss to the nation, in particular, to the intended beneficiaries including the employers as well as students. The complexity of higher education should be seen in terms of flow of ideas and solutions, human resources and systems, aspirations and vision from the academia to the stakeholders. The prime objective of the higher education should be to educate, to train, to undertake research with the aim to contribute to the development and improvement of society as a whole in its functions and systems.

The limited view based on territorial concept of education is totally alien to the objectives of higher education. It is important to conceive higher education in the mold of leadership and excellence resulting into the enhancement of comparative advantage of the nation. The focus of quality assurance should be the interface between higher education and future of the country.

Higher education is a multi-facet concept which should give new themes and ideas to teaching and learning, research and development, quality and competence, creativity and innovation, training and mentoring, students and staff, infrastructure and learning environment. The attention should be given to promote knowledge through research. The higher education system must establish certain parameters for evaluating the quality of its academic institutions.

The world is on the threshold of latest inventions which have forced the academic and industrial world to update their systems and environments to get the advantages of these technologies. The latest development in the tech world has provide a foundation to the academic institutions to create a world of their own, to innovate for getting competitive advantage, to teach for lead not for learn, to perform not portray, to dream for execution, to think for implementation and to educate students not for jobs but for leadership.

It is high time to maximize the utilization of latest information and communication gadgets necessary to promote interaction between students and their lecturers. It should be the key function of the institutions to provide training to all professional whether from academia or administration that enables them to integrate new technologies with their teaching programs and activities with the ambition to transform the system from standard to splendid.

The critical questions such as who would teach, what should be taught, how teaching process should be organized, who should learn, who should finance, who should benefit should be responded with the perspective of relevance to the emerging needs as well as utility to the objectives. The overarching questions concerning ideological underpinning should also be addressed in the design of quality assurance.