DIIS has formed a Quality Assurance (QA) division was formed as part of its strategic initiative to manage preliminary and continuous assessment of the centres and uphold the organisation’s vision, mission and values.
The primary objectives of QA include formulating, maintaining and enhancing best practices in all aspects of DIIS . It aims to continuously deliver programmes of high quality and ensures that such standards are maintained across offerings throughout its Centres.
The QA division at DIIS has formulated an academic infrastructure which is a set of UK’s quality organisation QAA-accepted benchmarks that provide reference points for setting, describing and assuring quality and standards for programmes.
DIIS particularly concerns itself to the UK Quality Code for Higher Education that gives all higher education providers a shared starting point for setting, describing and assuring the academic standards of their higher education awards and programmes and the quality of the learning opportunities they provide. The Quality Code covers the setting and maintaining of academic standards, the assuring and enhancing of academic quality, and information about higher education provision.
The emphasis on Academic Infrastructure that is of four key areas – Quality Management System (QMS), Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ), Subject Benchmark Statements and Programme Specifications.
For the purpose of setting and maintaining academic standards under the framework of University the DIIS ensures that the requirements of The framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland/The framework for qualifications of higher education institutions in Scotland are met by positioning their qualifications at the appropriate level of the relevant framework for higher education qualifications.
- ensuring that programme learning outcomes align with the relevant qualification descriptor in the relevant framework for higher education qualifications
- naming qualifications in accordance with the titling conventions specified in the rameworks for higher education qualifications
- awarding qualifications to mark the achievement of positively defined programme learning outcomes
- b) consider and take account of QAA’s guidance on qualification characteristics
- c) where they award UK credit, assign credit values and design programmes that align with the specifications of the relevant national credit framework.
- d) consider and take account of relevant subject benchmark statements.
An awareness and implementation of explicit policies and practices by all faculty, staff and management is created by QA. The division puts into use a peer review process where teams of academics/professionals conduct reviews of programmes delivered at centres.
Apart from core team of DIIS, key faculty and support staff members, select members are drawn from its partner universities and institutes. The committees and boards have been formed with external and student representation to create a framework that is fair, transparent and representative of the various stakeholders of DIIS India. All programmes are monitored through an annual academic review process at course/subject level.
DIIS is made to aware how its partner University maintains a definitive record of each programme and qualification that they approve (and of subsequent changes to it) which constitutes the reference point for delivery and assessment of the programme, its monitoring and review, and for the provision of records of study to students and alumni. Further, how the University programmes ensure that processes for the monitoring and review of programmes are implemented which explicitly address whether the UK threshold academic standards are achieved and whether the academic standards required by the individual degree-awarding body are being maintained.
Under the rubric of assuring and enhancing academic quality, we ensure DIIS as higher education provider, discharge all its responsibilities for setting and maintaining academic standards and assure and enhance the quality of learning opportunities, operate effective processes for the design, development and approval of programmes under the remit of University and awarding organisation Programmes.
Our commitment to recruitment, selection and admission have guided DIIS to formulate policies and procedures adhering to the principles of fair admission. These are transparent, reliable, valid, inclusive and underpinned by appropriate organisational structures and processes. This support higher education provider llike DIIS in the selection of students who are able to complete their programme.
With respect to learning and teaching, the DIIS work with its staff, students and other stakeholders, articulate and systematically review and enhance the provision of learning opportunities and teaching practices, so that every student is enabled to develop as an independent learner, study his/her chosen subject(s) in depth and enhance his/her capacity for analytical, critical and creative thinking.
To enable student development and achievement, DIIS continuously monitors and evaluates arrangements and resources which enable students to develop their academic, personal and professional potential.
With regard to student engagement, DIIS takes deliberate steps to engage all students, individually and collectively, as partners in the assurance and enhancement of its educational experience.
In confirmation to Universities and awarding organisations’ best practices for the assessment and the recognition of prior learning, the DIIS operates equitable, valid and reliable processes of assessment, including for the recognition of prior learning, which enable every student to demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved the intended learning outcomes for the credit or qualification being sought.
With regard to programme monitoring and review, DIIS discharges its responsibilities for setting and maintaining academic standards and assuring and enhancing the quality of learning opportunities, operates effective, regular and systematic processes for monitoring and for review of programmes.
We always have a special pledge to uphold the best standards for academic appeals and student complaints, thus DIIS centres under the remit of Universities and awarding organisations that have procedures for handling academic appeals and student complaints about the quality of learning opportunities; these procedures are fair, accessible and timely, and enable enhancement.
Though universities and awarding organizations’ programmes DIIS manages its higher education provision with others and take the ultimate responsibility for academic standards and the quality of learning opportunities. DIIS makes arrangements for creating learning opportunities which specific goals related to delivery of programs implemented securely and managed effectively.
Under the overarching universities and awarding orogrammes, the DIIS produces information for its intended audiences about the learning opportunities that is fit for purpose, accessible and trustworthy.
Academic administration of DIIS is responsible for the maintenance and supervision of the centre.
Some of the key broad administrative responsibilities of academic administration are as following:
- Ensuring student admissions on the basis eligibility criteria
- Supervision of academic affairs such as hiring, promotion, tenure, and evaluation (with faculty input where appropriate);
- Official recording keeping pertaining to academics including audit of financial flows and records;
- Maintenance of facility as per the stated physical infrastructure requirement;
- Safety and security of people and property on the campus;
- Maintenance and support of campus computers and network;
- Compliance with university and state regulators;
- Public affairs (including relations with the media, the community, and local, state, and government);
- Student services such as disability services, career counselling and library staff.