Quality Assurance Structure

Organizational Structure for Education Quality Assurance

The Board of Trustees (BOT) is the ultimate governing body at UCA, whose mandate, functions, and procedures are regulated by the UCA's Treaty and Charter.

Rector and Dean of SAS have overall responsibility for ensuring implementation of quality assurance at SAS.

Associate Deans and Heads of the Departments are responsible for the daily and ongoing operations of academic programmes and for their quality assurance.

Academic Council (AC) is the principal academic body of the University that carries responsibility for the approval and implementation of academic quality and standards, as well as admission, academic progression, and graduation of students. The Academic Council is also an advisory body to the Rector of the University in areas requiring appropriate deliberation and/or approval. These areas may include proposals for major academic initiatives, strategic plans, institutional linkages or initiatives, which could have wider ramifications for the University.

Undergraduate Curriculum Review Committee (UCRC) is a sub-committee of the Academic Council, responsible for all important issues relevant to the Undergraduate and Preparatory Programme curricula, curricula changes, restructuring, development of new programmes, quality assurance and course assessment. The UCRC makes recommendations to the Academic Council for approval and or changes to the curriculum.

UCA-Wide Research Committee (RC) was established to develop strategies for research development among UCA's faculty, promote cross-disciplinary research, and enhance scholarly outputs. The Research Committee is a sub-committee of the Academic Committee, and provides reports, advice, and recommendations to the Academic Committee on research matters and issues.

SAS Academic Committee (SAS AC) reviews and recommends academic and faculty policies and strategies, assists in ensuring quality across SAS programs, and consults with and oversees the work of relevant sub-committees.

Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC) is a sub-committee of the Academic Committee, and provides reports, advice, and recommendations to the Academic Committee on matters related to teaching and learning. The Teaching and Learning Committee may refer any item for discussion, consideration, or action, to the Academic Committee or to other committees or officers as appropriate.

Academic Progression Committee (APC) is a sub-committee of the Academic Committee, which deals with issues pertinent to academic progression of students whose academic performance is unsatisfactory, in accordance with the Student Unsatisfactory Academic Progression Review Policy.

Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) is a standing committee and is approved by the Academic Council. It investigates issues related to academic integrity (e.g. plagiarism).

Appeals Committee is an ad hoc committee which deals with the appeals made with regards to the decisions of the SAS Academic Integrity Committee. The committee advises the Dean of SAS on final decisions.

Disciplinary Committee

Ethics Review Committee (ERC) is regulated by a guideline document on ERC. The ERC is responsible for the protection of research participants and the promotion of and continuation of ethical research practice and standards across the university. It is responsible for the development and review of policy, procedures, and guidelines for ethical review of all research involving human participants and their data, conducted by UCA faculty, staff and students, and those who are not members of UCA but are conducting research at, for, or with UCA.

The SAS academic and administrative staff are also responsible for the day-to-day implementation and monitoring of quality assurance policies and procedures.

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