Quality & Development Unit Committee
WHAT IS THE QUALITY UNIT?
The Quality Unit is an administrative unit that is focused on spreading the culture of quality throughout the College along with supervision and audit of lead down processes. The Unit assists in achieving the college’s Vision and Mission
Its Functions are
- To develop, administer and follow up the processes of Quality Control in the College
- To follow up and select the benchmarks of the Department Programs.
- To supervise and follow up the schemes for development and future planning in the College.
- To follow up modern trends of teaching means, methodology and techniques.
- To prepare, distribute and collect questionnaires from Bachelor′s Degree students concerning the extent of usefulness attained from the Training Program during study years, the extent of compatibility of the courses with practical life and their suggestions for the maximization of its usefulness. The Unit is to classify and prepare the results statistically.
- To supervise, follow up and collect: (The Program Description - The Program Report – The Courses Description - The Courses Report).
- To supervise the preparation of a room in the Department for the purposes of Evaluation and Academic Accreditation provided with all Program documents and to be used also by visitors during their stay for the Program evaluation.
WHAT IS ACCREDITATION?
Accreditation is both a status and a process. As a status, accreditation provides public notification that an institution or a program meets standards of quality set forth by an accrediting agency. As a process, it consists of ongoing evaluation, and frequent program improvement. Accreditation is a signature of training excellence achieved through strict compliance to the highest standards. Providing appropriate standards, guidelines and regulations are key elements in achieving these goals. Additionally, accreditation and a commitment to require both ethical business and educational practices, promotes organizational effectiveness.
Why should a university be accredited?
It serves 4 main purposes:
- To assure quality to the public
- To ease student transfer between institutions by signaling quality
- Provides eligibility for students to acquire government financial aid or scholarship
- Certifies a graduate’s credentials to employers
The goals of EMS training program accreditation are as follows: -
- To assist educational programs to identify and achieve goals in order to protect students, the public and to enhance the profession.
- To assure the educational community and the general public that an EMS training institution or program has clearly defined and appropriate objectives, and maintains conditions under which their achievement can reasonably be expected.
- To provide reassurance to EMS students that the program in which they are enrolled, or are considering enrolling, is engaged in continuous review and improvement of its quality.
- To provide a formal process for ongoing evaluation and improvement of accredited EMS training programs, their faculty, and to ensure quality delivery of Prehospital patient care techniques.
- To provide public accountability of an EMS program or institution that has the means and demonstrates the outcomes for an educational process that is consistent with its goals and objectives.
What are the Types of Accreditation?
There are two basic types of educational accreditation, one identified as "institutional" and one referred to as "specialized" or "programmatic." Institutional accreditation normally applies to an entire institution, indicating that each of an institution's parts is contributing to the achievement of the institution's objectives, although not necessarily all at the same level of quality. Specialized or programmatic accreditation normally applies to programs, departments, or colleges that are parts of an institution. Accreditation could be National, International or even regional through an accrediting agency. An “accredited” college meets the Standards for Accreditation established by an accrediting agency. The Standards ensure that an institution has appropriate and clear goals, sufficient resources to achieve them, is fulfilling its objectives, and will continue to do so. The process provides colleges and universities with an opportunity for reflection, honest assessment of strengths and weaknesses, along with a chance to develop strategies for continued improvement.
What are the Standards for Accreditation?
The Standards for Accreditation examine “institutional quality” in 11 areas, which are:
- Mission and Purposes
- Planning and Evaluation
- The Academic Program
- Library and Other Information Resources
- Physical and Technological Resources
- Financial Resources
- Public Disclosure
Who accredits the Program at Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz College of Emergency Medical Services?
- National Accrediting Agency: National Commission for Assessment and Academic Accreditation (NCAAA) http://www.ncaaa.org.sa/
- International Accrediting Agency: Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) http://www.coaemsp.org/
Ministry of Higher Education has appointed National Commission for Assessment and Academic Accreditation (NCAAA) agency as an authority responsible for academic accreditation in higher education institutions in the Kingdom.
There are various International accrediting agencies globally in the field of Emergency Medical Services. Council for Higher Education Accreditation in the United States appointed Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) as authority responsible to accredited Allied Health Programs in the United States. The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) agency of it is responsible for accrediting Educational Programs in the Field of Emergency Medical Services.
Other type of accreditation such as ISO 9001:2008, Bureau VERITAS, Institutional Memberships and recognition's are also in the pipeline.
What is the purpose of the self-study?
Self-study serves as an opportunity for an institution to engage in “institutional improvement through self-analysis” and to present the quality of its educational programs to external audiences.
More specifically, the self-study report must address how an institution is striving to meet the 11 standards. In addressing these, NCAAA recommends a three part framework:
- Description: A concise discussion of the current status of the institution with respect to each standard
- Appraisal: An analysis and evaluation of the extent to which an institution meets each standard
- Assessment of the institutional practices related to the standard
- Discussion of the use of evidence to identify strengths and areas for improvement
- Projection: An outline of an institution’s commitments to
- Preserve and enhance its strengths
- Address areas of concern
- Deal with future change